The sport of MMA, as well as the UFC, has long been deliberating the question of who is the sport’s greatest ever athlete. The debate largely revolves around the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre and the current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Bones Jones. Now according to Jones’ former opponent the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender, Chael Sonnen feels GSP is the GOAT and that the current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is better than Jon Jones.
Sonnen was recently asked about his opinion on a potential fight between Adesanya and Jones about Submission Radio. However, before that, he also could not stop himself from commenting about how GSP is most definitely the MMA GOAT, but Jones is probably the toughest guy in the sport. Here’s what he had to say:
Oh, forget it, Adesanya will whip his ass. Do you think Thiago Santos beats Adesanya? Or do you think Dominick Reyes beats Adesanya? These are really close matchups for Jon Jones and I thought he lost both of them. On the 10-9 must system, I thought he lost to Santos too. I’m not bullish on that. I’m not even bullish on the Reyes one. Those were just my opinions. I think that ship has sailed. I think Jon’s tough, I don’t think he’s the greatest of all-time, I think that’s Georges St-Pierre. But, I do think that Jon Jones would have an argument to the toughest of all-time, To watch his grit, to watch Jon Jones seeing everything slip away and he finds a way to get victory anyway, he finds a way to push through, Jon gets a lot of credit with me. I just think when you’re comparing him to Adesanya, Adesanya’s one. Jones is in a good spot, but he’s still number two.