Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre were long considered the two pound-for-pound kings until the recent meteoric rise of Jon Jones, who most folks — including myself – figure has surpassed GSP but isn’t quite good enough to supplant the “Spider” as No. 1.
But that’s to most folks. St-Pierre, on the other hand, has his own pound-for-pound analysis and shared a somewhat stunning top three in an exclusive interview on Sportsnet’s “UFC Central”.
“It’s true that now Jon Jones … I believe it would be fair to say that he is the best pound for pound right now. He and Anderson Silva, I believe,” St-Pierre said. “And there is another guy that I believe is the best pound for pound, but nobody talks about it, and that’s Frankie Edgar.
“If you talk about pound for pound, I believe Frankie Edgar is No. 1. I believe he’s No. 1 because he’s very smart. Frankie Edgar could fight at 145 probably. You talk about pound for pound, I believe Frankie Edgar. But there’s also Jon Jones and Anderson Silva for what they’ve done. But it’s hard to say. … You cannot compare one weight class to another.”
Frankie Edgar No. 1? Wow. Didn’t see that coming at all.
Though Edgar has skills, we often laud him for his heart more than anything. Not that Edgar isn’t currently among the top 10 overall UFC fighters, St-Pierre must see something the rest of us don’t.
As for St-Pierre’s determination to remain among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world after a lengthy layoff because of torn ACL, the UFC welterweight champion is simply out to prove to himself and nobody else.
“I want to be the best of the best, you know, but no matter how great you are there are always people who will promote you very well. Some people are going to bitch about you a little bit, you know,” St-Pierre said. “It is what it is. I try to be the best that I can be, to reach my maximum potential, and to enjoy the ride as far as it will take me.”