BJPENN.COM Quick Hits: Is Georges St. Pierre the Greatest Champion of All Time?
GRAND FINALE: GSP has gone out on top and is the best champion in UFC history after relinquishing the belt.
The title of “Best UFC Champion Of All Time” will always be subjective. There are just too many variables to consider, such as weight classes, competition, how long a fighter competed, how badly they dominated their opponent, how many close calls they had (or didn’t have)… it’s a very tough decision to make, and an even tougher one to get any agreement on.
With that being said, certain fighters always seem to make the list: Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, Georges St-Pierre, and Jon Jones. And to me, GSP gets the nod.
“Rush” is simply the most well-rounded champion we’ve seen in the history of the sport. He’s beaten men with just his jab, he’s out-wrestled Division 1 champions, he’s submitted some of the best in the world, and he will turn even the smallest weakness into an overwhelming advantage for himself. His competition has consistently been some of the toughest opposition ever faced by a champion, and while facing that opposition he’s managed to set an insane amount of records (like winning 33 rounds in a row). He has no weaknesses to speak of, and has looked comfortable no matter where the fight goes.
It’s sad, to see him retire. A fighter with his talent and skill comes around once in a lifetime, and for him to be done at such an early age would be a real travesty. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that he gets the rest he needs, during this hiatus, and comes back stronger than ever, ready to reclaim his belt. But if he does stay retired, he goes out as the greatest champion that we’ve seen in the UFC. – Jim Chadwick
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