Mike Tyson Urges Georges St-Pierre to Fight Kamaru Usman: “I Think He’ll Do Okay”

Published 05/25/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


In just a short span of time, Kamaru Usman has risen to the peak of the UFC welterweight division. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has fought the toughest of contenders until now, and he has proven his class to one and all.

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Recently, Mike Tyson, alongside Ali Abdelaziz and Henry Cejudo, shed some light on Usman’s future on the Hotboxin podcast and his potential clash with the UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.

In this podcast, Ali Abdelaziz asked Tyson to give a message to ‘GSP’. To which, Tyson responded, “I say face this. If this one’s his fear, I think he should face it,”

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“I think he’ll do okay.”

The trio stayed on the same page while discussing whether Usman should move up to the middleweight division. All of them felt that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is in his prime, and this might also be the ideal time for him to fight Georges St-Pierre.

In fact, the UFC welterweight champ has himself asserted on booking his dream fight against ‘GSP’. He acknowledges the Canadian mixed martial artist as one of the greatest of this game. And this is predominantly why Usman feels this fight is important for his legacy.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’s callout has reached ‘GSP,’ and he’s firmly cut down the former’s wish to fight him. The 40-year-old now just wishes to spend time with his family and enjoy his retirement to the fullest. Hence, it seems Usman’s dream to fight ‘Rush’ might never turn into reality.

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Can Kamaru Usman etch the legendary status to his name?

As of now, Usman’s track record stands 19-1, and in his past few fights, the 34-year-old has absolutely terrified his opponents.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 25: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 25, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Especially in his last fight against Jorge Masvidal, many expected the bout to go for full 5 rounds. But in the second round itself, Usman struck his fellow contemporary with a ferocious right hand that put ‘Gamebred’ to sleep.

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That said, it was one of his biggest career wins, and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ just wishes to continue his streak.

With the pace he’s going in, he’ll etch the legendary status to his name real quick. Moreover, with the record he holds, Usman will unquestionably register his name in the history books for many more years to come.

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What do you draw off Tyson’s above-mentioned comments on ‘GSP’?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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