‘Sometimes It Can Be Painful’- Georges St-Pierre Reveals Hard Truth About How the UFC Looks At His Legacy

Published 02/17/2021, 11:36 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. Not a lot of men call it a day while on a 13-fight win streak. While Khabib Nurmagomedov just did that, GSP is the inventor of that. He never lost his Welterweight title and went up to win the Middleweight title before retiring.

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However, his impeccable record is what sets everyone talking about his legacy and whether he is the GOAT. This conversation has intensified with Kamaru Usman’s emergence, and GSP has commented on it.

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“It could be frustrating for the fans and even for the athletes. But what I have realized is, Dana White is a promoter and the fight game is always about ‘what’s next?’ Because it is a business. It is never about what was before. I am in the past, Kamaru Usman is in the future.”

GSP added, “Even when Kamaru Usman hangs up his gloves, he will have to accept a hard reality that he will be surpassed by someone else in the future. Sometimes it can be painful, but you need to accept it. If you don’t accept it and try to fight it. Not respect the sport and try to fight and not be prepared as you should be, you are going to get knocked out.”

Georges St-Pierre: Will he be remembered as the GOAT?

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada celebrates his submission victory over Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

There is no reason for people to not remember GSP as one of the greatest fighters of all-time. He lost two fights in his career but got wins over both men that beat him. He fought most of his prime in title fights in the welterweight division and completely cleaned out all challengers.

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While Kamaru Usman is on the right path, with his next contender most likely being someone who beat him, he has work to do before he can be like GSP. The win-streak record that Usman tied was set by GSP in almost exclusively championship fights, while Usman has three.

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GSP should be given the respect that he earned over his long UFC career and not be discredited from the conversation of the greatest fighters ever.

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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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