The ‘GOAT’ conversation is a topic that fans across all fields argue over endlessly. Be it football or basketball or F1, every fan has their nomination for who they think is the best to ever do it. In some sports, the same applies to UFC fans. The ‘GOAT’ debate is something that will never see an end as every fan has their reasons as to why a particular fighter is the ‘GOAT’.
Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva to name a few have all achieved a lot of success in the promotion. On the way to their top, they have all smashed multiple records and set a few seemingly unattainable ones as well.
Georges St-Pierre breaks down the strengths of UFC legends
‘Rush’ recently appeared on the Lex Fridman podcast. During their conversation, Fridman asked St-Pierre his thoughts on the ‘GOAT’ debate and what made each fighter stand out.
To which ‘GSP’ replied, “Khabib Nurmagomedov, I see all the details of his work especially when he has his opponent against the fence. That’s his area of expertise where to me, he is the best that ever did it…. Conor McGregor at the accuracy. ‘The Spider’ Anderson Silva was I would say, the most flamboyant of all like he was moving like the matrix. Jon Jones was incredible in terms of creativity, spinning elbows, and that. And he faced incredible adversity.”
Georges St-Pierre speaking about some of the GOATS of mixed martial arts.
It’s always interesting listening to GSP’s perspective.
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The former two-division champion continued, “Demetrious Johnson was so complete, he was slamming a guy to an armbar it was unbelievable. He was like the complete fighter. BJ Penn was like so flexible, he did stuff with his body that nobody could do. The dexterity of his hips was just unbelievable. Dominick Cruz to me was incredible with his footwork and distance control”
Every single one of the athletes mentioned above has achieved incredible things both inside and outside the octagon. They all make a good case for the ‘GOAT’ debate, although fans may never come to an agreement on the ‘GOAT’ debate, all of the aforementioned athletes have played a vital role in the evolution of the UFC as a sport and as a promotion.
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