Retired two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has revealed how he thinks he would compare to newly crowned welterweight king Leon Edwards.
The MMA legend was in France this weekend to watch UFC Paris when asked how he would fare against ‘Rocky’ who recently won the 170-pound title by knocking out Kamaru Usman.
“Léon 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 tough puzzle to solve because it would be a very tactical fight,” St-Pierre said during a Q&A with fans.
“He’s also so good at neutralizing his opponent’s forces. He’s very good at reducing his opponent’s forces and bringing the fight to where he’s comfortable, at getting his opponent to fight outside of his comfort zone, and I think that’s why Leon Edwards is so good. .
The Englishman was competitive but down on the scorecards before putting Usman to sleep with a header in the fifth and final round of UFC 278.
‘Rush’ was impressed with Edwards’ performance, especially in the first round when he became the first man to defeat Usman in the UFC Octagon.
“I think he won the first round, and he showed unbelievable skills in the first round to put Kamaru Usman on his back, mount him, take his back. He showed incredible skills right there.
“He was losing because he was losing after the second, third and fourth rounds, and he was about to lose the fifth round. But I think what makes Leon Edwards so good is his fight IQ.”
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During his storied run in the UFC from 2004 to 2017, St-Pierre also earned a reputation as a high-IQ fighter capable of incapacitating opponents.
GSP retired with several big wins over Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks to name a few.
The 40-year-old has often been linked with a comeback fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov but talk of that matchup has now died down with both men happy to retire.
Nurmagomedov called it a career in 2020 and showed no interest in making a comeback despite Charle Oliveira’s impressive run in the lightweight division which he dominated.
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