UFC champion Kamaru Usman has apparently been watching former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre stay in shape on social media for the past few years. So, after his last win at UFC 258, the Nigerian nightmare suggested that he would definitely like to face GSP next time in a super intergenerational fight.
George can still do it. George, I see you’re still practicing. If there’s potential for the big fight, if George wants to come back, that’s for sure. Georges can cut through the line, absolutely, Usman said, according to ESPN’s Mark Raimondi.
Usman: George can still do it. George, I see you’re still practicing. If there’s potential for the big fight, if George wants to come back, that’s for sure. George can cut through the line, absolutely. #UFC258
– Mark Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) February 14, 2021
Is Usman on the run from the challengers?
Usman defeated top-ranked contender Gilbert Burns by a KO in the third round in the UFC 258 main event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
While Usman used his post-fight interview time with Joe Rogan to berate his bitter rival Jorge Masvidal, the champion also said any of these fools could have him.
Usman didn’t call St-Pierre an idiot per se, but he told reporters gathered for a post-fight press conference a few hours after those original comments about possible future fights that he would welcome an unnecessary fight against St-Pierre.
St-Pierre has remained in incredible form over the years, and the 39-year-old has even teased in the past about a return to the Octagon to take on UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That fight never came, but it now looks like GSP has another big fight on his radar.
It’s unlikely to happen, but Usman is short of challengers at 170 pounds, and GSP is one of the sport’s great legends, having already come out of retirement to win UFC gold.
Can these things conspire again?
If Usman gets what he wants, maybe he will.
Usman’s additional comments after the fight
Usman explained to the media why he has always been one of the best UFC champions in the sport.
I’m the best at reconfiguring myself in combat. I’m the best in the world at this, Usman said.
The fighter said he knew his confidence would lead him to victory over Burns at UFC 258.
The strategy was to believe in myself and know that I can do whatever I want. Like I said, when I go into the octagon, I do what I want, when I want, all the time. I had to lay low and not force other situations, stick to my point of view. I can go on strike. Sometimes I overdo it and go for what I know, so I just have to stay in my stronghold and the whole finish is so done if I stay, Usman said.
Usman’s win over Burns at UFC 258 was his 13th. Winning the welterweight division. That’s more than any other fighter in history, including Georges St-Pierre.
Usman therefore believes that one day he will be able to look back on his MMA career the way GSP does now.
When I’m done talking, I can sit and watch and talk: Wow, I did it, Usman said.
But the 33-year-old champion is not ready for that yet.
For now, it’s for the next guy. I will take some time off, but then I will worry about who will be next, because they are all after me, Usman said.
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