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Jones and Silva can't compare to St-Pierre as the GOAT due to drug bans, says Bisping

By Sports Desk September 06, 2019

Drug bans mean Jon Jones and Anderson Silva cannot be considered on a par with Georges St-Pierre as the greatest UFC fighter of all time, according to Michael Bisping.

Canadian St-Pierre claimed titles at welterweight and middleweight, the latter by submitting then-champion Bisping in round three of his divisional debut at UFC 217.

The 38-year-old retired in February and ruled out a comeback in August but sits level with Jon Jones at the top of the list for most wins in title bouts (13) and is joint-third in terms of UFC victories (20).

Jones, the dominant force in the light heavyweight division since 2011, and former middleweight king Anderson Silva, who holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history, are also considered to be among the greatest MMA fighters.

However, Bisping thinks the fact Jones and Silva tested positive for banned substances during their respective careers gives St-Pierre the upper hand in the 'GOAT' conversation.

Asked who the greatest of all time is by Omnisport at the launch of his book 'Quitters Never Win', Bisping replied: "The first person that sprung to my mind is Jon Jones, but he's had his problems with performance-enhancing drugs so there's definitely a stigma.

"Anderson Silva, same thing, he springs to mind but he had his problems with performance-enhancing drugs as well – any time there's an asterisk next to your name like that, it eliminates you from the conversation.

"Georges St-Pierre would have to be the one, I think. One hundred per cent. He did it clean, he never tested positive for anything, he's a tremendous ambassador for the sport.

"He's a gentleman inside and outside the octagon, he's a consummate professional, he's a great person and he's one hell of a fighter. I'd say the greatest of all time is Georges St-Pierre."

 

Quitters Never Win by Michael Bisping is out now, published by Ebury Press.

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