Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest MMA (mixed-martial-arts) fighters of all time.
GSP is slated to challenge UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for the title at the UFC 217 PPV (pay-per-view) event on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
This fight marks his first fight in nearly four years. According to GSP, the most recent fighter added to the list of all-time greats is UFC flyweight king Demetrious Johnson.
Keep in mind that Johnson may not be regarded by some with the same reverence as “GSP”, Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, or Jon Jones.
However, it’s hard to dispute and discount what Johnson has done that would lead to him qualifying for legend status after he broke Silva’s record for consecutive UFC title defenses when he submitted Ray Borg at UFC 216 last month, which marked 11 straight victories as the champ.
When the media asked GSP for his thoughts on Johnson’s historical ranking, the former UFC champion didn’t hesitate to anoint him as the best in the business today.
“He’s the best fighter of our era right now,” St-Pierre said at a recent press conference in Toronto to promote UFC 217. “I believe he’s the best pound-for-pound right now. Every era has great fighters, some guys were the best at their time and you never fight the same fighter twice because a lot of things make people change. But right now as we’re speaking, the best pound-for-pound is Demetrious Johnson, no doubt.”
GSP has beat several top-tier fighters to get his status as he holds wins over Matt Hughes, the man regarded as MMA’s top welterweight before being surpassed by GSP, B.J. Penn, a champion at both 155 and 170 pounds, and welterweight stalwarts Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jon Fitch, and Josh Koscheck. That is extremely difficult competition in opponents. Thus, it’s one of the main reasons why St-Pierre’s career is held in such high regard.
Due to the fact that Johnson is the only fighter ever to hold the flyweight title in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), it’s been hard to gauge how strong his opponents are. There are many people who criticize Johnson for fighting n a weak division.
The UFC middleweight champion was also at the press conference to promote his fight against GSP. He also gave a very brief summation of Johnson’s talents by stating, “He’s very good,” Bisping said.