Or as Dana would say it, of all times.
I'm a huge GSP lover and Hughes hater. However, I still think Hughes holds the unnoficial title of best welterweight ever. I think GSP might be getting close though, and, I definitely think GSP could overtake Hughes by the end of his career. Let's analyse this a little bit though.
Hughes - Fight Finder - Matt Hughes's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics Overall record
: 42 - 7 - 0
14 (T)KOs [/B]( 33.33 %)
19 Submissions ( 45.24 %)
9 Decisions ( 21.43 %) UFC record:
15-5 Titles Held:
UFC Welterweight X2 Title Defences:
7-9 (depending on whether you count Riggs and Gracie) Head to head record:
GSP - Fight Finder - Georges "Rush" St. Pierre's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics Overall record:
17 - 2 - 0
7 (T)KOs ( 41.18 %)
4 Submissions ( 23.53 %)
5 Decisions ( 29.41 %)
1 Other ( 5.88 %) UFC record:
11-2 Titles held:
UFC welterweight X2 Title Defences:
1 Head to head record:
Overall records are kinda meaningless but I suppose still advantage Hughes on that one. They both go to decision about the same amount, which is not that often. UFC record are pretty similar, but edge to GSP since he would have to go 4-3 in his next seven fights to equal Hughes and I'm gonna assume he does better than that. Very small edge though. Both have held the title twice so we're still even. Skip ahead to head to head record, GSP won the trilogy so give him like a full point over Hughes for that.
Obviously the big difference in the stats are the title defences. If I arbitrarily gave GSP a 'point' for the head-to-head, I would have to give Hughes 4 points for title defences. Meaning, Hughes is ahead by 3 (made-up) points.
The arguement you could make here is that Hughes pretty much got a title shot right away, whereas GSP had to basically clean-out the division to get another shot at Hughes. In a way, the level of competiton GSP had to face to GET the title is similar to the level of competiton Hughes faced to RETAIN the title. However, that is far to subjective to really hold against Hughes in this analyses. Since I'm keeping score and my points are fictitious though, I'm giving GSP one point for it.
So Hughes wins by two points. Even though the scoring system is not legit, I still think most would have to agree Hughes is still the greatest of all time.
So the big question is what does GSP have to do to surpass Hughes????? I say 3 more title defences to tie. If he loses to BJ, then regainig to title and defending it once to tie as well.
What does everyone else think?