UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva have both shown themselves to be supremely skilled in a number of disciplines, racking up a ton of success inside the Octagon en route to establishing status as two of the best in the business. As a result, when it comes compiling to pound-for-pound lists, fans and media members may argue on spots 3-10 but there’s rarely any question about the names occupying the top two positions.
Though countless individuals may view the two as interchangeable, St-Pierre himself doesn’t believe he’s earned the honor of being #1. He also doesn’t think Silva owns the distinction either.
“There are many guys who have skills that are better than mine in different departments but mixed martial arts…that’s the beauty of it, you need to be well-rounded. In terms of pound-for-pound, the best pound-for-pound, I believe it’s Frankie Edgar. That’s what I believe,” said St-Pierre in an interview with The Dan LeBatard Show. “I truly believe he’s the best pound-for-pound. He was fighting in a weight class above his and he was the world champion. Even though he lost his two last fights I believe the judges made a mistake. I gave him these two fights. That’s my personal opinion.”
Edgar was 14-1-1 before suffering back-to-back decision losses to the much larger Benson Henderson, both of which could have gone his way. He has since decided to dip down to featherweight, a division better for his build, and will face another pound-for-pound star in champion Jose Aldo on February 2 and UFC 156. As a lightweight, Edgar beat a number of notable adversaries including the likes of Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J. Penn.
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