• UFC legend and MMA analyst Chael Sonnen named probably the most influential UFC athletes in historical past
  • Sonnen mentioned Royce Gracie and Randy Couture made probably the most impression however Georges St-Pierre is finally probably the most influential of all of them
  • St-Pierre claims he by no means loved one second of combating contained in the cage

Former UFC title contender and present ESPN MMA analyst Chael Sonnen defined why he thinks Georges St-Pierre is probably the most influential MMA athlete in historical past.

Blended martial arts has gone by a sequence of adversities earlier than changing into a mainstream sport. Throughout its early days, the game had minimal combating guidelines which made it much more controversial. Right this moment, MMA is a globally-recognized sport and an enormous a part of it was performed by the Final Preventing Championship.

In a latest video uploaded by ESPN MMA, MMA legend Sonnen talked about probably the most influential athletes UFC has ever produced. In accordance with Sonnen, one of many founding fathers of UFC Royce Gracie and former UFC two-division champ Randy Couture made probably the most impression in MMA as a result of they performed an enormous half in shaping the game’s future. Nevertheless, Sonnen “finally” thinks it was longtime UFC welterweight St-Pierre who took MMA to a different stage so far as combating goes.

“In the end, I’d say it was handed to Georges St-Pierre. As a result of Georges was the one athlete to return out and actually present us the significance of weaponizing tempo,” Sonnen mentioned.

On his official YouTube channel, Sonnen additionally made a daring assertion about how St-Pierre impacts his opponents throughout and previous to the battle. The 43-year-old speculated that “GSP” doesn’t give his challengers sufficient purpose to hate him. And consequently, St-Pierre “places them on this bizarre spot” the place they might look “silly” ought to they ever attempt to declare they’re higher than him. And to this point, no fighter has ever tried it.

Sonnen continued with an much more fascinating declare in regards to the former UFC middleweight champ. Based mostly on his evaluation, St-Pierre “doesn’t are available in fights with a method.” Even throughout promos, Sonnen believes that St-Pierre is a “advertising and marketing genius” who can promote himself by merely being the long-lasting fighter he’s.

“I don’t imagine that Georges comes with any stage of technique or recipe. I don’t. I believe Georges is one in all these unintentional advertising and marketing geniuses. Very similar to the Diaz brothers,” Sonnen claimed.

Georges St-Pierre Johny Hendricks UFC 167 Georges St-Pierre, proper, defended his UFC welterweight crown with a break up choice over Johny Hendricks on Saturday evening. Photograph: Reuters

St-Pierre has been formally retired for years. His final octagon look was at UFC 217 the place he submitted Michael Bisping to develop into the brand new UFC middleweight champ. Since then, the 38-year-old has been linked to an array of UFC stars together with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Nevertheless, St-Pierre has by no means dedicated to a battle towards anyone and even acknowledged that he by no means loved one second of combating contained in the cage.