Georges St. Pierre and the Top 5 Takedown Fighters in UFC History

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IApril 10, 2017

Georges St. Pierre and the Top 5 Takedown Fighters in UFC History

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (Top) Georges St. Pierre battles Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    There's a reason why UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn't been defeated since UFC 69 in April, 2007 and it's his wrestling.

    While St-Pierre never competed at a high level like some of the all-time greats, the French-Canadian's takedowns have been second to none.

    In addition to the welterweight champion, four world class fighters hold down the top-five spots for the most takedowns landed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

5. Sean Sherk: Former UFC Lightweight Champion

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    CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25: Tyson Griffin (L) fights Sean Sherk in a Lightweight bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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    Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk (36-4-1) comes in at the five-spot with 50 takedowns landed in the Octagon.

    His defeats over Kenny Florian and Hermes Franca when he was the UFC lightweight champion saw "The Muscle Shark" utilize his wrestling base to dominate and control both fights.

    Sherk would later go on to lose that title, but no one can deny his ability to take opponents down with regularity.

4. Jon Fitch

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA is pinned down by Jon Fitch of the USA during their welterweight bout part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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    There's a reason why UFC welterweight Jon Fitch (23-3-1, 1NC) won his first eight fights in the organization.

    The hard nosed wrestler has put on multiple wrestling clinics during his five-and-a-half years competing in the octagon.

    Fitch ranks fourth all-time in the UFC with 52 takedowns.

3. Karo Parisyan

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    Former UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan (19-7, 1NC) defeated the likes of Nick Diaz, Matt Serra, and Chris Lytle during his tenure in the octagon.

    His method of takedowns are bit different the other gentlemen ranked in the top-five, Parisyan utilized his judo background land takedowns.

    Parisyan nailed 53 takedowns on his opponents while employed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

2. Gleison Tibau

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  UFC fighter Gleison Tibau (top) battles with UFC fighter Josh Neer during their Lightweight 'Swing' bout at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun at Staples Center on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopalof
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    Powerful UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau (23-7) may surprise some with his second place ranking, but the American Top Team trained fighter utilizes his takedown skills in each fight.

    Tibau's hit 57 takedowns since entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006. Those takedowns have helped him defeat Kurt Pellegrino, Caol Uno, and Jeremy Stephens.

    He most recently defeated Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 130 by submission (Rear-Naked Choke).

1. Georges St. Pierre: UFC Welterweight Champion

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (Top) Georges St. Pierre battles Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    Since his entrance into the sport's premier organization, Georges St-Pierre (22-2) has dominated his opponents and mostly with his wrestling.

    With the exception of a 2007 loss to Matt Serra, St-Pierre has dominated his competition. His takedowns have been unstoppable for his welterweight opponents.

    The welterweight champion has been criticized for his less than exciting style, but the fact remains that St-Pierre has dominated the likes of Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes, and B.J. Penn with his wrestling.

    St. Pierre ranks number one with 68 takedowns landed.

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