Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant...these names are synonymous with being the greatest basketball players of all time.

Joe Montana, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Tom Brady...a list of football players who have dominated the gridiron for years.

In baseball, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Nolan Ryan come to mind as the best baseball players to step foot on the diamond.

But what makes an athlete great?

To me, being great is a combination of individual accolades, championships won, performance impact within their respective sport and global influence directly attributed to that athlete.

Mixed martial arts has been blessed with various elite fighters. But which of these MMA champions have been great based on these specific criteria I have demonstrated? And where does current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre fit into the list of all-time greats?

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