GEORGES ST-PIERRE has weighed in on the never-ending greatest-of-all-time conversation, insisting the concept of the GOAT is 'fugazi'.
The debate over the greatest fighter to ever step into the cage rages on, with fans and fighters chopping and changing their opinions regularly.
That can be attributed to recency bias, which most in the MMA world are susceptible to.
Last year, before the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, the GOAT conversation was on the lips of many in the MMA world.
The reason why: former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor sparked furious debate amongst MMA fans after sharing his GOAT list, which, of course, included his own name.
McGregor placed himself second in that list, behind former long-reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva and ahead of St-Pierre.
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But what was McGregor's reasoning for putting himself ahead of St-Pierre?
His 'array of finishes', GSP's apparent bottling of a super-fight with Silva and the Canadian's moving up to middleweight to take on a 'one-eyed fighter.'
That fighter, of course, is former 185lb champion Michael Bisping, who St-Pierre dethroned at UFC 217 in November 2017.
St-Pierre, as he so often does, didn't respond to McGregor's analysis of the mixed martial arts annals.
The 39-year-old – who many believe is the best to ever do it – doesn't concern himself with the GOAT talk, which he believes is somewhat of a pointless debate.
St-Pierre told SunSport: "The GOAT discussion is, like, fugazi. It’s like discussing the possibility of how Batman would beat Superman and things like that. It’s an illusion.
"Because when you fight someone, you never fight the same fighter twice. Because a fight leaves a scar, which is physical or mental.
"It can make you more confident and can increase your level, or it can decrease it. I don’t know what to think about it."
As much as he tries to distance himself from the GOAT conversation, St-Pierre is aware of his standing in the debate.
But in time, he believes that will change.
He said; "The fighters of today, generally, are better than the fighters of yesterday.
"And the fighters of tomorrow will be better than the fighters of today. Records are made to be broken.
"And it’s not because the person is better, it’s because the technology is better.
"I remember when I first learned Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I needed to be physically present in the class to learn the technique. I needed to be there physically to learn in.
"Now, you can learn a technique via Youtube and via social medial. So you can increase your knowledge without being physically there.
"And this is something that wasn’t possible when I was young. I mean, it was possible, but it was not done.
"So that’s just one of the reasons why the athletes of today has better results and the performances are better. But the person is not necessarily better.
"And that’s why I believe the records are made to be broken. Because of the technology. The technology made the performance better."
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