“I want to retire being the best pound-for-pound fighter that ever lived… Everyone has a violent side. My job is to win, and in order to win most of the time I need to injure my opponent. It’s a violent sport but in real life I’m not a violent guy… I’m an athlete in a full contact sport so it requires violence to win… I’ve had a lot of criticism about not finishing fights, but if there’s anyone who wants to finish fights it’s me. It’s hard to stay champion and in the welterweight division today’s number one can so easily become tomorrow’s number two.”

— Georges St. Pierre, via The Globe and Mail, responding to criticism about not finishing fights

Georges St. Pierre may want to finish fights, but wanting and doing are two different things. The fact of the matter is GSP admittedly takes the safest path to victory and in doing so doesn’t take the kind of risks that are often necessary to finish fights.

If GSP’s too afraid of losing the title and all the fame and fortune that comes with it, he can rack up all the dominant decision victory he wants and live on as the greatest welterweight ever, but if he wants the GOAT label, he’ll need to start finishing fights sooner or later. I just don’t know how you can put him above Anderson Silva when he takes out nearly everyone he fights. Finishing fights really counts for something I think.

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