Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen thinks Georges St. Pierre is a much better athlete and overall fighter than Anderson Silva and it is only UFC propaganda that has seen Anderson live in his bubble of greatness.
The Brazilian is widely regarded as the top pound for pound fighter in the world and arguably the greatest Mixed Martial Artist the world has seen and while Sonnen admits to Anderson’s brilliance, he doesn’t think The Spider is as good as the UFC tries to make people believe.
The American Gangster faced the Brazilian twice during his career, losing on both occasions but he says he doesn’t begrudge those losses and he speaks only from his experience of facing both these top class fighters.
Sonnen was speaking to Nate Diaz ahead of his brother Nick’s fight against the returning Anderson at UFC 183 in January where he said that he has faced Anderson twice and he has also trained with Georges St. Pierre and he had a lot tougher time with the Canadian. The American added that many people see style and swagger as part of greatness but Rush is a pure athlete and not many people to come will be as good as him.
The recently retired American said that everyone calls him up before they face up against Anderson Silva and all he tells them is that he is great but not as great as people believe him to be and that remains the key to facing him.
It’s not about surviving inside the cage with him because there is no possible way of beating him on decision but if someone brings the fight to him, it makes things interesting. But Georges St. Pierre will always be the better fighter in his eyes and the better athlete too.