When Georges St-Pierre retired in 2019, he had last competed a year and a half before, beating Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title before vacating it. Still, many believed that “Rush” had more to give to the sport, perhaps competing in big-money fights to add to his legacy.
Fast forward three years later, and fights against former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and former lightweight titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov top the list of fights fans would love to see. . Of course, Nurmagomedov only won the title in 2018, with Usman winning the 170-pound strap in 2019, so fights against either weren’t exactly on ‘GSP’s’ radar when from his last competition.
Still, one can’t help but wonder how the fights against these two former champions would have gone. That’s why St-Pierre recently gave his assessment on how things would have gone, even breaking down a potential scrap against new welterweight pivot Leon Edwards.
“It’s tough because they all have great qualities,” St-Pierre said during a recent Q&A in Paris, France ahead of this weekend’s UFC Paris event (via MMA Fighting) “They are all very different. Leon would have given me a lot of trouble because he is very intelligent. It would have been like a game of chess. It would have been a difficult puzzle to solve because it would be a very technical.
“Kamaru is very physical, he’s very athletic, he’s a beast. He is strong, he hits very hard, he is a great fighter. It would be very hard physically, very demanding”, he added, before gauging “The Eagle”.
“Khabib is a legend in terms of knowledge, experience. He has so many tools in his bag. It would be a fight that I wouldn’t know how it would have turned out. I do not know. It’s not the best fighter who wins the fight, it’s the fighter who fights the best on fight night, so to beat them I would have had to be the best man on fight night and be very, very good prepare. ”
Before “Rush” officially retired, he and Khabib were trying to fight each other, but there had never been much urgency on the UFC side. And that’s probably because Dana White wasn’t interested in the possibility of St-Pierre beating Nurmagomedov, taking his belt, then releasing it like he did when he knocked out “The Count.”
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