According to MMANEWS.com overall rankings, they list Georges St. Pierre as the number one, pound for pound MMA fighter in the world. In taking this top position, he ranks above Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo.
Granted, I do have a lot of respect for the UFC welterweight champion and I believe he is a great fighter, but cleaning out a division doesn’t necessarily constitute a top P4P ranking. However, I feel that in order to be the number one P4P fighter, the fighter should not only dominate, but have the ability to finish his opponents as well.
Georges hasn’t finished his opposition in his last three fights. Though he controlled and won in dominating fashion, putting on the finishing touches would unequivocally elevate him to top of the ranks. Though St. Pierre, does belong in the top 10 P4P list, being number one is a bit too considerate.
I feel a top 5 pound-for-pound fighter should be able to finish their opponents. Finish in such the way Cain finished Brock, the way BJ crushed Diego and the way Shogun beat Lyoto.
Silva and Aldo, ranked number 2 and 3, not only dominate their weight classes, they have been able to consistently refrain from the judges’ scorecards. When Brock Lesnar was in the pound-for-pound rankings, even HE was able to finish his challengers by either KO or submission.
When Dana White was asked the same question at the UFC 124 post fight press conference, he definitively answered, “Anderson Silva”.
Much respect to GSP, he’s definitely at the top of the 170-pound food chain. But he hasn’t been able to finish, decisively, like his colleagues in other divisions. He belongs in the top tier of the P4P crop,
just NOT number one.