Georges St-Pierre answers how he’d fare against Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman, and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Georges Saint-Pierre still knows how to analyze and break down the best fighters in the world, even in retirement.

The former UFC two-division champion held a fan Q&A ahead of UFC Paris on Friday, where he was asked how he would go up against three of the most successful fighters of his generation: current middleweight champion Leon Edwards, former center Welterweight champion and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Kamaru Usman, and featherweight great Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his response, Saint-Pierre described what each star’s greatest attribute is.

“It’s hard because they all have good qualities,” said Saint-Pierre. “They’re all very different. Leon is going to give me a lot of trouble because he’s smart. It’s like a chess game. It’s going to be a tough puzzle because it’s going to be a very technical game. fighting.

“Kamaru is very physical, athletic, he’s a beast. He’s strong, he hits hard, he’s a great wrestler. Physically it’s going to be tough and demanding.

“Khabib is a legend in terms of his knowledge and experience. He has a lot of tools in his bag. It’s going to be a battle that I don’t know how it will turn out. I don’t know. It’s not the best who win the battle. fighters, but the best fighters of the night, so to beat them I need to be the best of the night and be very, very well prepared.”

St. Pierre and Nurmagomedov have spoken openly about fighting each other in the past, with St. Pierre widely regarded as one of the greatest champions in MMA history, and Nurmagomedov in the GOAT discussion Earning his place, he is the UFC lightweight champion and has a spotless 29-0 career record. These days, both seem to be enjoying retirement rather than chasing comeback battles.

Speaking of Edwards’ incredible counter-attack knocking out Usman at UFC 278, St-Pierre offered more praise for the current champion.

“I think he won the first round, he showed incredible skill in the first round, getting Kamaru Usman on his back, on his back, on his back,” St-Pierre said. “He showed incredible skills there. He lost because he lost after the second, third and fourth, and he was heading for a fifth-round loss. But I think let What makes Leon Edwards so good is his combat IQ.

“He’s also very good at neutralizing the opponent’s advantage. He’s very good at suppressing the opponent’s advantage, taking the game where he’s comfortable and getting his opponent to fight outside of his comfort zone, and I think that’s what Leon Edwards is so good at s reason.”

St. Pierre is also known for neutralizing opponents’ advantages in his legendary bout with the UFC from 2004 to 2017, whether it was forcing wrestling experts like Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch and Josh Kocek to stand against him Still, he used his own elite wrestling to smother dangerous finishers like BJ Penn, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit, among many other memorable victories.

Saint-Pierre is no stranger to rematches either, with Hughes, Koschek, Payne and Matt Serra all entering the Octagon with GSP more than once. St-Pierre was dominant in the rematch with the only two men who beat him, Hughes and Serra, so he might have some perspective on the rematch between Edwards and Usman.

“That’s what makes the sport so beautiful — I mean, if you’re on the winner’s side, of course, because anything can happen,” St-Pierre said. “It’s boring if you always know who’s going to win. … Kamaru won the fight that night, but he made a key mistake that is unforgettable at this level. When he should have twisted And credit to Leon Edwards when he zigzagged, he made a beautiful setup, it was fantastic, he won the world title. Now they’re expected to replay, we’ll see.

“But things have changed, you’ll never fight the same fighter twice. You can fight the same name twice, but you can never fight the same fighter twice. Every fight leaves a scar. It could be the best, it could be the worst, we often see fighters after a loss, losing affects their confidence, and confidence is very important for a fighter because you can have all the skills in the world, But if you don’t have confidence it’s like a person who has a lot of money in his bank account but can’t access it. To make the magic happen, you need skill and confidence. So we’ll look at what the spirit of Kamaru Usman has How strong, if he comes back and wins the title, I think he’ll add more points to his legacy. It’s going to be a hell of a fight, a hell of a challenge.”

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