Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
It wouldn't hurt his cred, but why bother? GSP's got it made at 170, he just beat his toughest test in Condit and who at 170 really stands a chance to beat him? Hendricks? Unlikely, Diaz? Probably not. Marquardt? It's an interesting fight but I'd still pick GSP. He has a lot of years left in his career and he could potentially tie or even break Anderson's title defense record.
If Anderson loses a fight and I think Anderson will lose soon, then Georges can still become the GOAT by never having to fight him. Look at what happened to Fedor, he lost a fight and now Anderson took his spot, if Anderson loses Georges can take his spot, and maybe in the future Jones will take Georges spot. He's young enough to eclipse all those records if he can remain champ.
I think it's a unanimous opinion, at least on this forum that if they do fight Anderson would probably beat him, I know many feel that way and I do as well, but if I'm GSP, why bother? All it takes for him to move up on that list of 'Greatest of all time' is to keep doing what he's doing and for Anderson to finally lose, and Georges is much more complete than Anderson so the chances of Anderson losing before he does is more likely.
Your whole first paragraph is the whole point. Some fighters and fans would say "why take a chance, he has it made" "no one looks like they can beat him, he makes a lot, he can brak records"
While other fighters like Penn for instance do it not for the money or easy route. They fight to fight. They fight for the challenge. They are not afraid to lose, or lose a little status. Not every fighter is about the safe "has it made" route. And some fans back those fighters for that very fact.
Different fighters, different people. GSP can do what he wants. But not all fighters do it for the reasons you lay out. And not all fighters are hung up on breaking records. Barry Sanders walked away from closing in on the all time NFL rushing record when he still had a lot left. Because records and individual marks weren't what he was playing for.
Some guys don't have the "why bother" attitude. Some guys have the "i am going to bother, and I am going to win" attitude.