Several UFC fighters expressed their respect and admiration for Georges St-Pierre in a video posted by the UFC on its official YouTube channel.
Figures like UFC lightweight Michael Chandler and rising contender Paddy Pimblett have all praised the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion.
Michael Chandler believes that Georges St-Pierre is the perfect MMA athlete. He also pointed out that despite his absence from the sport for a few years, “Rush” returned and successfully won the UFC middleweight title. Chandler said:
“If you had to create the perfect mixed martial arts athlete, he would look like Georges St-Pierre, he would move like Georges St-Pierre. The man is an absolute legend. Chandler added: “I will never forget when Georges St-Pierre announced he was coming out of retirement to go to 185 [middleweight] fight Michael Bisping for the belt. Chandler continued, “Georges St-Pierre walked to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we love it. This is why he is a legend.
Meanwhile, rising British MMA star Paddy Pimblett shed light on Georges St-Pierre’s ability to cope with defeat. Pimblet said:
“He showed that you don’t have to be this brash, weirdo character if you want to be successful in the sport.” Pimblett also noted: “Matt [Hughes] to beat him. And he came back and beat him both times in a dominant fashion.
Additionally, another notable point hinted at in the video was that Georges St-Pierre was a great ambassador for the sport. “Rush” was well known as a truly compassionate, respectful and honorable champion.
Watch the UFC fighters weigh in on Georges St-Pierre’s dominance in the video below:
John McCarthy on the Georges St-Pierre vs. Kamaru Usman GOAT debate
Many in the MMA community believe reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman may soon overtake Georges St-Pierre as the greatest 170-pound fighter in MMA history. Usman has lost only once, early in his career outside the UFC, and is undefeated inside the Octagon.
However, MMA pioneer and former referee John McCarthy recently felt that Georges St-Pierre’s legacy is currently more important than that of Kamaru Usman. McCarthy explained:
“No he [Usman] has no better heritage. He added: “GSP has also risen and won the middleweight title, Kamaru Usman hasn’t, he still has a lot to do.”
Georges St-Pierre’s last MMA fight was in November 2017 at UFC 217, then defeating middleweight champion Michael Bisping to win UFC gold in a second weight class. ‘Rush’ officially announced his retirement from MMA in 2019 and was inducted into the Modern Era Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame in 2021.
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