Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says Frankie Edgar is No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world
For years, the debate raged across the MMA community. Who was the superior pound-for-pound fighter, Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva? Both men were among the sport's greatest champions; their reigns, legendary. At times, the consensus often flip-flopped depending on who fought last and how much Silva appeared to care.
But now the conversation has changed. Nearly 18 months of St-Pierre's inactivity, coupled with the astonishing rise of Jon Jones, has seen the title of the world's greatest fighter rebranded into an ‘anything you can do, I can do better' competition between Jones and Silva.
After Silva's last outing, which just so happened to be one of the most brilliant four minutes and forty seconds this writer has ever seen, "The Spider" seems to have firmly seized the pole position if you abide by the gospel of UFC President Dana White and the near-entirety of the Zuffa roster. However, in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, St-Pierre was asked for his own pound-for-pound list, and surprisingly, Silva only came in at third.
So St-Pierre is a confident guy and he still ranks himself and Jones above Silva; no big deal, right? Well, not exactly. Sure, Jones, came in at No. 2, but unless you read the headline of this article, you'd have never guessed who St-Pierre put atop the pedestal.
Check out an excerpt from the conversation:
If you had to rank the top three fighters in the UFC now in order, who are they?
"No. 1 is Frankie Edgar; he's the best pound-for-pound fighter we have."
Wait, he's not even a champion.
"He lost his fight to Benson Henderson only according to the judges. He was much stronger than Henderson."
OK, who else is in the top three?
"Jon Jones is No. 2, Anderson Silva's No. 3."