GSP Aiming for Legendary Status

Written by Tom Ngo
January 30th, 2009

Current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is looking to achieve levels of MMA superiority that very few have been able to obtain. He has twice been a champion and successfully defended his title once, however is now on a mission to be one of the sport’s best ever. He is no longer content with just being the world champion, he now has his sights set on being the best in the world. By being able to post another win over the highly decorated BJ Penn at UFC 94, he will certainly be taking another step in that direction.

“He’s the guy that I want to fight. He’s my best challenge right now, and he’s the guy that I want to fight,” St. Pierre stated. “I have to fight guys like BJ to make myself a legend in this sport.

“When you’re a world champion you have to set your goal even higher. I don’t want to fight to be champion anymore because I’m already champion. I want to fight to become a legend in the sport, and that’s what this fight will give me. I think if you ask somebody who’s the best pound-for-pound in the world, a lot of people would say it’s BJ Penn. So, for me, it’s a great challenge as well.”

GSP defeated Penn in a split decision back in 2005, with many enthusiasts believing that Penn inflicted more damage and should have won the closely contested bout. This time, St. Pierre looks to leave no doubt as to who the better fighter is.

“He has improved a lot. I have improved a lot,” said St. Pierre. “So, it’s going to be a clash. Every fight is always a problem.  BJ Penn is a big problem, but I think that I’m going to be able to solve it.”

Perhaps nobody has improved their MMA game as much as the 170-pound champion has in the last three years. After defeating champion Matt Hughes at UFC 65 to become champ, he was immediately humbled by Matt Serra in his first title defense at UFC 69.

GSP has always stated that the Serra loss was the best thing to ever happen to him, and perhaps he is right. He has since rolled off four consecutive dominating victories on his way to reclaiming the title. We have also seen him transition himself into one of the game’s fiercest ground fighters during this time, something that Penn didn’t get the privilege of experiencing their first time around.

“I’m more experienced and way more skilled than I used to be,” the UFC welterweight champion stated in closing.

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