Georges St-Pierre includes Royce Gracie and Jon Jones among six fighters who can be considered greatest of all time… but UFC legend snubs Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Georges St-Pierre is considered by many as their greatest fighter of all time
- But debate rages on with plenty of other names in the mix such as Jon Jones
- GSP believes it is entirely subjective and depends on what you are looking for
- In terms of being well rounded he likes Demetrious Johnson as his No 1
Georges St-Pierre has offered his opinion on the ‘greatest of all time’ debate, leaving out Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Many consider GSP, the retired former UFC welterweight champion, to be the best to have ever competed in MMA but the typically modest Canadian name-checked a number of other fighters when asked for his thoughts.
‘What does being the best of all time mean?’ St-Pierre said. ‘If it’s to compare every athlete who competed at their time and who was the most dominant at their time, who had the most achievements, for me it’s Royce Gracie.’
GSP returned to the octagon in 2017 and beat Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title
GSP chooses Royce Gracie (above) as the most dominant fighter with biggest achievements
Gracie was one of the first big stars in MMA and his Brazilian jiu-jitsu astonished those who were skeptical about it in the face of imposing opposition.
But GSP added that the debate depends entirely on what you as an individual are looking for.
He continued: ‘If you talk about who’s the strongest guy, if you would put everybody in the cage, who would come out alive, I think it would maybe be Fedor Emelianenko in his prime.
‘If you talk about the more flamboyant guy, the one who did some crazy stuff that you only see in movies and stuff like that, I would say maybe a guy like Anderson Silva or Vitor Belfort.’
In terms of a fighter who has it all, GSP opts for a former UFC flyweight champion who now competes in ONE Championship.
‘If you say the more well-rounded guy, I would say maybe Demetrious Johnson,’ he added. ‘If you ask about who’s the guy who faced the most adversity, maybe Jon Jones.
‘But whoever you name, it’s a subjective thing, it’s an opinion,’ St-Pierre concluded.
Ever the diplomat, GSP threw a handful of names into the mix but failed to mention either Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Demetrious Johnson (left) is among the most well-rounded MMA fighters ever, says GSP
McGregor could be argued as the greatest in terms of elevating the sport onto another level, while Khabib’s 29-0 dominance and manner of his victories set him out as a fighter for the ages.
GSP himself returned to the cage for a middleweight title fight against Michael Bisping in 2017, which he won.
He then went back into retirement and although there was talk of a mega-fight against Khabib, those plans do not look like coming to fruition.
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