When Georges St-Pierre announced he would return to MMA after a four-year retirement to pursue the UFC middleweight title last year, he made it clear that coming back was about more than money, it was about securing his legacy. Now his coach thinks he has definitely accomplished that.
Speaking with Fight Hub TV recently, St-Pierre’s head coach Firas Zahabi said there was “no doubt about it,” that GSP had secured his claim to the pound-for-pound greatest ever title and went on to explain why St-Pierre’s claim is better than other MMA luminaries like Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones.
“He’s No. 1, no doubt about it,” said Zahabi. “Who else could there be? Give me a name.
“Conor [McGregor] hasn’t defended a title. [Fedor] had too many losses. [Anderson] had too many losses and you know what happened. The testing didn’t go well. [Jon] – testing. There’s nobody else! There’s nobody else. I’m not just saying that because I train him. Put me aside, the guy is the greatest martial artist of all-time. That’s it. He did it. Let’s give him his due props. He worked for it, he deserves it. If another name comes along that does more than what he did, I’ll be happy to say that there’s a new best of all time.
“Before the testing, and all the losses happened, I would say he was one of the best of all time. Now I’m telling you he is THE best of all time. That’s just the way it is. After the tests come back the way they did the losses happened the way they did, the hands were dealt the way they were, now the best of all time, today, is GSP. No doubt about it.”
St-Pierre is currently the consensus best welterweight in history, sporting a 25-2 record in the division and having avenged both of his career losses. From 2007 until his retirement in 2013, St-Pierre went undefeated as the welterweight champion, defending his title nine times. He currently holds the record for most title bouts (15) and is tied for the record of most wins in UFC history (20). He is also one of only four men to win belts in two separate weight classes.
Of course, Zahabi left off one important contender for the throne of GOAT – Demetrious Johnson. Johnson is the only flyweight champion the UFC has ever known and has recently begun to crop up in the GOAT conversation more often, especially after he set the record for longest UFC title reign with 11 consecutive defenses. But Zahabi says, when you stack his resume up against GSP’s it comes up a little short.
“Demetrious Johnson is No. 2 in my opinion,” said Zahabi. “Absolutely. The only reason I wouldn’t give it to Demetrious – and I think the world of Demetrious, I can’t say enough good things about him – he didn’t have the hornets nest, the challengers that Georges had. He just didn’t have those legendary guys that went on a win streak, that were unstoppable, and then were stopped by the champ. He didn’t have that. And it’s not his fault. It’s not his fault at all. He took down everybody they put in front of him and he did it in style; however, he never had that guy.
“The division is not that deep. There’s not that many people, per capita, that weigh 125 pounds, that can make that weight class. There’s not that many people in the population. How many of those guys were studs that haven’t lost in 10 years like a Jake Shields, Matt Hughes, so many guys, legends that Georges beat. Also, he didn’t win the championship in a weight class above.”
Johnson’s strength of schedule has been a key sticking point for many in the GOAT argument, since flyweight is a newer division and is perceived to be weaker than many others in the UFC. Still, Johnson’s dominance over the division has been unquestioned, and unlike St-Pierre, Johnson appears to still be in his prime and still keen on fighting regularly. Given that, Zahabi says when all is said and done, “Mighty Mouse” might end up wresting the crown from GSP.
“Demetrious could still do it,” said Zahabi. “He’s got time. It could happen it just hasn’t happened for him yet.”
Results. Dustin Poirier’s big win and the rest of the UFC Glendale results from Saturday.
Results. A recap of all the action from Friday night’s Bellator 197 card.
Soon. After losing thriller to Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje believes he has five fights left.
Title. Dustin Poirier wants lightweight title fight next, not Eddie Alvarez or Conor McGregor.
Sick burn. Tony Ferguson calls out ‘PaperChump’ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Highlights of the Fight of the Year front runner.
The rankings report.
Woodley is super confident in Khabib.
BJJ Scout having a little fun.
A pretty accurate representation of how thing went down.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Glendale.
LT Cast. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Glendale.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Glendale, Bellator 197, and UFC Atlantic City.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Here you savages go! Yall wanted to see the damage pic.twitter.com/dNTycpVlra
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 16, 2018
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 16, 2018
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 16, 2018
What a hero.
That’s how you keep ppl from wooooooing during a fight @dc_mma
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) April 15, 2018
If you’re good at something, never do it for free.
Come get me baby https://t.co/c0XYGfHprb
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 14, 2018
Right in the feels.
Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.
Izzy is not pleased with the one insane judge.
Start testing them judges too, cuz you can’t be scoring fights while you’re high.
If there was two fucked judges last night, then I’d have missed out on my win bonus! don’t fuck with my bread cunt.
Aaanywhore, I won…if you don’t like it I dey fih here comman beat me! pic.twitter.com/dyMHr7vjQI
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 15, 2018
Uhhhh, Marvin disagrees.
For the record..i watched my fight 3 time right now and im always very severe with myself after the fight but that first one Its fucking mine.
Whatever though..onto the next one..but i cant stand with this bitch ass also talking shit after the fight when that He know He lost
— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) April 15, 2018
Yo @brucebuffer us Taylor’s need u bro. Holler at me
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) April 15, 2018
Always remember where you came from and that’ll help you to know where you’re going #theroot #nostalgia #childhood #background pic.twitter.com/aKA1gENPEC
— Francis NGannou (@francis_ngannou) April 15, 2018
Karolina’s coaches asked me if I had a fight yet whem I was at #UFCGlendale . LETS GOOOOOO @KarolinaMMA
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 16, 2018
Al is great.
It was at this moment We realized we weren’t getting shot up by terrorists and it was all a funny game
Is the guy real ? I am a fan
Hiroaki Suzuki KOs Shunsuke Oishi (KNOCK OUT) pic.twitter.com/XEwmOCQoXL
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 14, 2018
While mounted, Edgar Diaz rocks Carlos Briseno with a right hand then KO’s him with GNP. MMA is the craziest. #XFL37 pic.twitter.com/cwQo72Fwed
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 14, 2018
Sunabe you absolute wildman pic.twitter.com/n8Tz6BAkjh
— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) April 15, 2018
Here’s another angle on Tatsuya So’s sub. I thought Wieczorek’s omoplata was weird, but this takes the cake. #Pancrase295 pic.twitter.com/ZnErQGhpDF
— Kyle Johnson (@KidNobuhiko) April 15, 2018
Mergen Bilyalov KOs Zhang Yang (Kunlun) pic.twitter.com/uwiz5EAlP0
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 15, 2018
Darani Date #Pancrase295 pic.twitter.com/zhpKNCALvq
— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) April 15, 2018
So. Many. Flips.
Wow! This celebration #KSW43 pic.twitter.com/COKKGj0DsS
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) April 15, 2018
Gabi Garcia (4-0, 1 NC) vs. Veronika Futina (0-0); ROAD FC 47, May 12.
Ricardo Lamas (18-6) vs. Mirsad Bektic (12-1); UFC 225, June 9.
Donald Cerrone (33-10) vs. Leon Edwards (15-3); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Ovince Saint Preux (22-11) vs. Tyson Pedro (7-1); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Shinso Anzai (10-2) vs. Jake Matthews (13-3); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Nadia Kassem (5-0) vs. Xiaonan Yan (8-1); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Naoki Inoue (11-0) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Jenel Lausa (7-4) vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-3); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Jessica-Rose Clark (9-4) vs. Jessica Eye (12-6); UFC Singapore, June 23.
Gokhan Saki (1-1) vs. Khalil Rountree (6-2); UFC 226, July 7.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2005: Chuck Liddell won the UFC light heavyweight championship, knocking out Randy Couture at UFC 52. This night also saw Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg put on a legendary fight in their rematch, with Hughes securing a rear-naked choke comee-from-behind victory.
So many thought from this weekend but really, only one needs to be said: we do not deserve Justin Gaethje. Three fights in the UFC, three Fight of the Year contenders. Truly incredible.
Hope everyone had a good weekend. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.
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