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By the Numbers: P4P Breakdown

Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones: who is the pound-for-pound greatest? For years, superfights have been discussed to answer that very question, but after Chris Weidman dethroned Silva and GSP stepped away from the octagon, those talks have been thrown out the window. Even if GSP or Anderson decide to come back and one of these superfights did take place, it just wouldn’t be the same now that they aren’t at their peak of their careers. Since this discussion has become purely hypothetical, let’s try to break down these pound-for-pound MMA legends:

Georges St. Pierre – See some GSP Highlights.

5’11″ | 170 lbs | 76″ reach

Career wins:

  • 25 total professional MMA victories
  • 8 via knockout (32% knockout rate)
  • 5 via submission (20% submission rate)
  • 12 via decision (48% decision rate)
  • Total finish rate = 52%
  • 15 wins in a championship fight

Wins over notable former champions:

  • BJ Penn 2X (former UFC lightweight & welterweight champion)
  • Matt Hughes 2X (snapped a 6 fight win streak, won the UFC welterweight belt)
  • Jake Shields (former Stikeforce middleweight champion, snapped a 15 fight win streak)

Questionable/lackluster wins:

  • Defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision (many gave the fight to Hendricks)

Career losses:

  • 2 career losses (GSP won both rematches)
  • Lost to Matt Serra via TKO (avenged loss with a TKO win)
  • Lost to Matt Hughes via armbar (avenged first rematch via TKO and second rematch via submission)

Fight performance:

  • Striking: GSP landed a total of 1334 strikes on his opponents, while only absorbing 488. Strike ratio: 2.7 to 1
  • Takedowns: GSP took down his opponents a total of 100 times. He has only been taken down 10 times. TD ratio: 10 to 1

Anderson Silva – See some Anderson Silva Highlights

6’2″ | 185 lbs | 77.6″ reach

Career wins:

  • 33 total professional MMA victories
  • 20 via knockout (61% knockout rate)
  • 6 via submission (18% submission rate)
  • 7 via decision (21% decision rate)
  • Total finish rate = 79%
  • 16 wins in a championship fight

Wins over notable former champions:

  • Vitor Belfort (former UFC tournament champion)
  • Dan Henderson (former PRIDE, Strikeforce, UFC tournament champion)
  • Rich Franklin 2X (former UFC middleweight champion, snapped 8 fight win streak)

Questionable/lackluster wins:

  • Defeated Chael Sonnen via submission (Sonnen dominated majority of fight)

Career losses:

  • 6 career losses (avenged 1 loss)
  • Lost to Chris Weidman 2X (via TKO/injury)
  • Lost to Yushin Okami (DQ – avenged his loss via TKO win)
  • Lost to Ryo Chonan (Submission)
  • Lost to Daiju Takase (Submission)
  • Lost to Luiz Azeredo (Decision)

Fight performance:

  • Striking: Silva landed a total of 984 strikes on his opponents, while only absorbing 469. Strike ratio: 2.1 to 1
  • Takedowns: Silva took down his opponents a total of 16 times. He has been taken down 34 times. TD ratio: 1 to 2.12

Jon Jones – See some of Jon Jones Highlights

6’4″ | 205 lbs | 84.5″ reach

Career wins:

  • 20 total professional MMA victories
  • 9 via knockout (45% knockout rate)
  • 6 via submission (30% submission rate)
  • 4 via decision (20% decision rate)
  • Total finish rate = 75%
  • 8 wins in a championship fight

Wins over notable former champions:

  • Vitor Belfort (former UFC tournament champion)
  • Rashad Evans (former UFC light-heavyweight champion)
  • Lyoto Machida (former UFC light-heavyweight champion)
  • Quinton Jackson (former UFC and PRIDE champion)
  • Mauricio Rua (former UFC and PRIDE champion)

Questionable/lackluster wins:

  • Defeated Alexander Gustafsson via decision (many gave the fight to Gustafsson)

Career losses:

  • 1 career loss to Matt Hamill (via DQ for illegal elbow – Jones was dominating fight)

Fight performance:

  • Striking: Jon Jones landed a total of 686 strikes on his opponents, while only absorbing 312. Strike ratio: 2.2 to 1
  • Takedowns: Jones took down his opponents a total of 27 times. He has only been taken down 1 time. TD ratio: 27 to 1

Highlights:

 

GSP

Silva

Jones

1st/2nd/3rd Description
  • 25 total professional MMA victories
  • 33 total professional MMA victories
  • 20 total professional MMA victories
  • Silva/GSP/Jones
  • Silva and GSP win this category, but Jones is not far behind.
  • 15 wins in a championship fight
  • 16 wins in a championship fight
  • 8 wins in a championship fight
  • Silva/GSP/Jones
  • Silva and GSP win this category undoubtedly.
  • 5 wins over notable former champions
  • 4 wins over notable former champions
  • 5 wins over notable former champions
  • Jones/GSP/Silva
  • Jones wins this category given his short career.
  • 1 lackluster win over Hendricks
  • 1 lackluster win over Sonnen
  • 1 lackluster win over Gustafsson
  • Tie
  • n/a
  • 2 losses – avenged only 2 losses via finish
  • 6 losses – avenged 1 loss via finish
  • 1 loss – DQ (was winning dominantly)
  • Jones/GSP/Silva
  • Jones has arguably never lost. GSP avenged both of his only losses. Silva has been dominated several times.
  • Strike ratio: 2.7 to 1
  • Strike ratio: 2.1 to 1
  • Strike ratio: 2.2 to 1
  • GSP/Jones/Silva
  • Numbers speak for themselves.
  • TD ratio: 10 to 1
  • TD ratio: 1 to 2.12
  • TD ratio: 27 to 1
  • Jones/GSP/Silva
  • Numbers speak for themselves.
  • Finish rate = 52%
  • Finish rate = 79%
  • Finish rate = 75%
  • Silva/Jones/GSP
  • Numbers speak for themselves.

Conclusions:

  • GSP strengths: fight performance metrics, total/championship wins, avenging losses
  • GSP weakness: finish rate
  • Silva strengths: finish rate, total/championship wins
  • Silva weaknesses: several clear losses, lack of wins over notable opponents
  • Jones strengths: finish rate, wins over notable opponents, performance metrics, virtually undefeated
  • Jones weaknesses: total wins/championship defenses

In the end, I have to give the number one spot to Jon Jones for accomplishing so much in so little time. The only category in which he is behind is in total wins, so it’s just a matter of time until we will see Bones rise to the top.

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