Georges St-Pierre knows how to analyze and analyze the world’s best fighters even after retirement.
The former two-division UFC champion held court Friday at a fan Q&A before UFC Paris where he was asked how he would face off against the three most successful fighters of this generation: the current welterweight champion. , Leon Edwards, former welterweight champion and top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Kamaru Usman, and lightweight great Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In his response, St-Pierre explained what each star’s greatest attribute was.
“It’s difficult because everyone has great qualities,” said St-Pierre. “They are all very different. Leon is so smart that he would have given me a lot of trouble. It was a difficult puzzle to do.
“Kamal is very physical, very athletic and a beast. He is strong, he hits very hard, he is a great wrestler.
“Habib is a legend for his knowledge and experience. He has a lot of tools in his bag. They’re the best fighters on game night, so to beat them, I had to be the best man on game night, and I had to prepare very well.”
St-Pierre and Nurmagomedov have openly discussed fighting each other in the past. St-Pierre is widely regarded as one of the greatest champions in MMA history, and Nurmagomedov ran as UFC lightweight champion, unscathed and earning his own place in the GOAT debate. Professional record of 29 wins and 0 losses. These days, both appear to be enjoying their retirement rather than chasing comeback battles.
St-Pierre praised the reigning champion for Edwards’ knockout win over Assman at UFC 278.
“I think he won the first round. I think he showed great skill in the first round, putting Kamaru Usman on his back, riding him and taking his back,” St-Pierre said. “He showed incredible skill there. Guess his martial arts IQ.
“He is also adept at neutralizing his opponent’s strengths. I think that’s what makes Leon Edwards so good.”
During his legendary run in the UFC from 2004-2017, St-Pierre had wrestling specialists like Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck stand with him, as well as his BJ Penn. Do your own elite wrestling to overwhelm dangerous finishers like , Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit, among many other memorable victories.
St-Pierre is also no stranger to rematches, with Hughes, Koscheck, Penn and Matt Serra all stepping into the octagon multiple times with ‘GSP’. In the rematch against the only two men to beat him, Hughes and Serra, St-Pierre had the upper hand, so he has some prospects for what the Edwards-Uusmane rematch will turn out to be.
“That’s the beauty of the sport, because if you’re on the side of the winner, of course, anything can happen,” St-Pierre said. “It would be boring if I always knew who was going to win. … Kamal had won the fight that night, but made a crucial mistake that will never be forgotten at this level.” Jig-jigs when they should have given Edwards credit, he did a beautiful set-up and it was great, now they’re going to do a rematch hopefully.
“But things change. You don’t fight the same fighter twice. You can fight with the same name twice, but you never fight the same fighter twice. Every fight leaves a scar. The best. It can be bad or bad, we often see fighters after losing, but losing can affect confidence and confidence is very important for fighters.Learn all the skills in the world Lack of confidence is like someone who has a lot of money in their bank account but no way to access it.It takes skill and confidence for magic to happen. We’ll see how mentally strong Kamaru Usman is and if he comes back and wins the title I think his legacy will be even more.It’s going to be a hell of a fight, a hell of a challenge .”