The MMA world can preserve arguing its “greatest of all time” takes, however don’t anticipate Georges St-Pierre to chime in.
With his third-round end of Michael Bisping (30-Eight MMA, 20-Eight UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view headliner, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) grew to become solely the fourth fighter in UFC historical past to carry titles in two completely different divisions. More impressively, he did so after coming back from a four-year layoff, in a division 15 kilos heavier than the one which he’d dominated for greater than six years.
St-Pierre, the truth is, hasn’t misplaced a combat since Matt Serra pulled the upset of a lifetime at UFC 169 in 2007 – a loss he later avenged. Add that to the truth that he was solely the second man to submit Bisping within the UFC, and you’ve got a reasonably stable “GOAT” case there.
Still, St-Pierre gained’t put on that title himself.
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Granted, the UFC’s present 185-pound champion wasn’t requested straight if he thought he ought to be the one to hold it. But, inquired as as to if former 205-pound kingpinJon Jones’ newest outside-the-cage shenanigans ought to take away him from the dialog, St-Pierre’s reply just about stated all of it.
“There’s no such thing as the greatest of all time,” St-Pierre stated immediately throughout a convention name, through which he additionally mentioned his post-UFC 217 future. “It doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion.”
To illustrate his level, St-Pierre provided an badogy: In sports activities like baseball or soccer, having the strongest group doesn’t essentially translate to a victorious night time. While many individuals would suppose that’s not the identical with preventing, he argued, the precept is identical: The strongest man shouldn’t be essentially the one getting his hand raised.
“Even though you’re the best, it doesn’t mean you’re not going lose,” St-Pierre stated. “And it doesn’t mean nobody’s going to beat you. For example, I fought Michael Bisping Saturday night, at Madison Square Garden. In that particular night, at that particular moment, at that particular place, I beat Michael Bisping. But that doesn’t mean if I fight him tomorrow that he’s not going to beat me.”
While it hasn’t occurred in fairly a while, St-Pierre has made peace with the truth that he can lose – even when it’s to somebody he’d beat “nine times out of 10.” So, as a lot as we will use particular achievements to invest about who’s the most effective fighter the game has seen, expertise has taught St-Pierre to chorus from doing the identical.
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“When I started in MMA, I wanted to be the strongest man in the world,” St-Pierre stated. “But there’s no such factor as being the strongest man on this planet. Everybody can beat all people at any given day, or any given time. That’s what I realized. There’s no such factor as being the strongest man on this planet.
“You can be the best one day, but tomorrow you’re not. That’s the truth about this sport.”
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