Georges St-Pierre’s Coach Picks Who Is Better Between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kamaru Usman

Published 03/27/2021, 2:20 PM EDT


Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to always be in the conversation as the greatest fighter in MMA history. Retiring undefeated and as UFC Champion almost guarantees that status. However, another man on his path to GOAT status is Kamaru Usman. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is on the longest win-streak the welterweight division has ever seen, and will be defending his title next month.

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Many have wondered how Khabib would fare at welterweight against someone like Kamaru Usman. Both men seem unbeatable, so it is a natural fantasy matchup to make. However, Georges St-Pierre‘s coach has a definitive answer when it comes to this debate.

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“Tough to say, but pound for pound? I’d pick Khabib 100%. Look at his win streak, he has never lost rounds. Okay, maybe he lost one round to McGregor in a very close round, and I think he lost another round to an African, I’m forgetting his name. But he was busted for substances, so I don’t really count that too much. So I would say Khabib has cleaner wins, more dominant wins, and finishes. And the ability to finish consistently. That’s why I pick Khabib.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Would he beat Kamaru Usman?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is an absolute monster inside the cage. However, would he be the same monster if he was moving up to 170 to face someone like Usman? One of the reasons why Khabib does so well at 155 is because his size allows his wrestling to be effective. However, it may not be as effective against a big-body welterweight like Usman, who is an accomplished wrestler himself.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In pure ability, Khabib may be the better fighter. However, in a genuine fight situation, it seems like Usman may have an indisputable advantage. However, we do not know how ‘The Eagle’ would prepare for a fight at 170 because he never tried to move up to that weight class.

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Usman and Khabib aren’t that far apart on the GOAT list. The former’s current win-streak includes the same amount of UFC wins Nurmagomedov had before his retirement. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will also make his fourth title defense against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. A win there will help him leapfrog ‘The Eagle’ on title defenses. Hence, this fantasy battle may be closer than many thought.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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