Georges ST-Pierre is the greatest fighter to have ever competed in mixed martial arts, his head coach Firas Zahabi has claimed.
St-Pierre has knocked off some of the biggest names in the history of the UFC’s welterweight division during his legendary career, including UFC hall-of-famers Matt Hughes and BJ Penn.
In that time, St-Pierre claimed the 170lbs title twice before stepping up in weight last November to challenge for the middleweight crown, which he ripped from Michael Bisping’s clutches in the main event of UFC 217 with an emphatic third-round submission victory.
The general consensus in the MMA world after that historic night at Madison Square Garden, which saw St-Pierre compete for the first time in nearly four years, was that the Canadian had become the best fighter to ever set foot inside the Octagon.
Zahabi agrees with that notion wholeheartedly and believes there isn’t a fighter on the planet who comes close to matching ‘GSP’s’ resume.
“He’s No. 1, no doubt about it,” Zahabi told Fight Hub TV. “Who else could there be? Give me a name.
“Conor [McGregor] hasn’t defended a title. [Fedor] had too many losses.
“[Anderson Silva] had too many losses and you know what happened. The testing didn’t go well. [Jon Jones] – testing. There’s nobody else! There’s nobody else.
“I’m not just saying that because I train him. Put me aside, the guy is the greatest martial artist of all-time. That’s it. He did it. Let’s give him his due props.
“He worked for it, he deserves it. If another name comes along that does more than what he did, I’ll be happy to say that there’s a new best of all time.
“Before the testing, and all the losses happened, I would say he was one of the best of all time
“Now I’m telling you he is THE best of all time. That’s just the way it is. After the tests come back the way they did the losses happened the way they did, the hands were dealt the way they were, now the best of all time, today, is GSP. No doubt about it.”
St-Pierre, 36, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since ending Bisping’s reign at the summit of the UFC’s middleweight division.
His tenure as middleweight champion came to an end 33 days after his 26th career victory when he vacated the 185lbs title, a decision he made due to his ongoing bout of ulcerative colitis.
Floyd Mayweather maintains unbeaten record
Boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather on Monday trounced Japanese kick-boxing star Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.
Mayweather floored Nasukawa, who is less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.
The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.
But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.
Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.
With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.
The 41-year-old Mayweather carried more than 4kg weight advantage into the ring.
The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.
There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.
Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.
“It was all about entertainment. We had fun. The fans in Japan, they wanted this to happen, so I said why not. Once again, I’m still retired, I’m still 50-0, Tenshin is a great champion,” Mayweather said in the ring following his win.
The 41-year-old American had earlier intimated on Instagram that he would be paid $9 million for the fight, which was scheduled for three rounds.
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