‘Georges St-Pierre’s Striking Was Very Basic’- Colby Covington Says He Can Easily Beat Georges St-Pierre

Published 05/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington battles Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight Colby Covington has no doubt in his mind that he’s the best welterweight fighter on the planet. However, Covington’s belief in his abilities stretches all the way back to the previous class of 170-pounders. In an interview on ‘The MMA Roasted’ podcast, Covington expressed a belief that he would easily triumph over welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre.

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Many consider Georges St-Pierre to be the best fighter in the sport, period. However, Covington believes that given an opportunity to face ‘Rush’, he would come out victorious. His belief stemmed from the notion that St-Pierre was simply ahead of his time and his opponents weren’t able to keep up.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I don’t think I can beat Georges St-Pierre, I know I beat Georges St-Pierre. He was able to take a lot of guys down and hold them down and ground-and-pound them. He’s not taking me down. My cardio is completely different. I’ve never been taken down in the UFC octagon so he’s not going to be the first.”

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“Georges St-Pierre, his striking was very basic, very kindergarten. He didn’t have a lot of tricks, he just had that really good jab…I think Georges St-Pierre will be a very extremely easy fight for me. He was ahead of his time. There was a lot of guys at the time that were one-dimensional. They were either strikers or wrestlers, but they weren’t good at blending both.”

Georges St-Pierre: A legacy defined

While St-Pierre will more than likely never return to the UFC’s octagon, fans are always attempting to see how fighters compare to him. He’s avenged the only two losses he’s ever suffered in MMA and showed that he could come back stronger. Not to mention, by scalping a second world title, he ensured his name would tower over most others.

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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)

In his own right, Colby Covington has achieved great things over the last few years. However, until the UFC wraps the undisputed title around his waist, it will be hard to pick him against St-Pierre. ‘Rush’ has shown the MMA world that he can turn up in the big moments and that’s why he’s looked at as the consensus GOAT.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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