He’s the ultimate role model for the sport, he’s the ultimate perfectionist. His fight IQ is like nobody else and he has the skill set to match it, he’s not just a legend of the sport, but he’s continuously evolving into better versions of his previous self.
Last night, Canada’s own Georges ‘Rush’ St Pierre returned to the UFC after 4 years away, he main evented the show at MSG and he submitted Michael Bisping in the third round to win the UFC middleweight title, does that cement his legacy as the greatest mixed martial artist who ever lived?
Before this fight, a lot of people thought that ring rust combined with a size disadvantage would cause GSP to lose, boy were they wrong. He controlled the octagon and looked loose, and as good as he’s ever been, if not better. There was a new aggression to St Pierre’s game, it felt like he was looking for a finish in that fight, it didn’t feel like he was wanting to coast to a decision, something people have critised him for before. Essentially GSP came back against the odds and showed massive improvement, which is incredible when you think how amazing he was before. The time off did him wonders, he could improve without the media in his face, in those four years I’m assuming he enjoyed training and got the hunger for fighting again.
Last night was massive for GSP’s legacy in terms of the stats. He is now one of only four people to hold belts in different weight classes, and after defeating Bisping he tied him as the fighter with the most wins in UFC history (20). He holds only two losses in his career, in 2004 and 2007, both of which he went on to avenge in devastating fashion. He has the most takedowns in UFC history, one of the best strike differentials and the most wins in title fights. Is that not enough for you believe he’s the best ever? Let’s keep going.
GSP is the most notable fighter to have maintained longevity, that might be largely be down to his four years away from the sport, but he’s maintained it nevertheless. This means that he’s kept his unbeaten run through two eras, holding wins over legends like Matt Hughes and BJ Penn, as well as modern day legends like Carlos Condit and indeed Michael Bisping.
You don’t have to like Georges St Pierre but you have to respect him. I’ll be honest I have no reason as to why people wouldn’t like him, he’s the ultimate role model for the sport, he’s the ultimate perfectionist. His fight IQ is like nobody else and he has the skill set to match it, he’s not just a legend of the sport, but he’s continuously evolving into better versions of his previous self. The only person who can even argue GSP isn’t the greatest ever is Demetrious Johnson, and after GSP’s monster win last night I don’t think it’s a big argument.