Kamaru Usman is Not Greater Than Georges St-Pierre Says Chael Sonnen

Published 04/26/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
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)


Kamaru Usman defended his Welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal at the UFC 261 main vent. Usman knocked out Masvidal in the 2nd round of the match itself, defending his title for the 4th time in a row.

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This victory led to many fans and critics calling Usman the greatest Welterweight fighter in UFC history. While many people believe Usman to be the Welterweight GOAT, MMA analyst and former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is not one of them.

Sonnen believes that Georges St-Pierre remains to be the greatest welterweight of all time and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ still needs to achieve more before he can topple GSP.

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“St-Piere did some things that if you’re having an argument you can’t get around. St-Pierre beat everybody, then he went and beat them again. Then he came back and took on another division. I mean, do you see the problem?” 

Sonnen continued, “Not only did George beat the guys of yesteryear right the Matt Hughes and the BJ Penn’s. He’d beat all the guys of his time, Josh Koscheck and the Carlos Condit and the Diaz. But then he beat the next generation, you can just get around that.”

While Sonnen believes Usman is not yet the greatest, he believes that the current UFC welterweight champion can eventually become the GOAT.

“Even if Usman was better than GSP, if we’re having this and we’re settling this through words and through a debate, you can’t beat those arguments.

“You can’t beat them until a period goes by until Usman leaves the sport himself and hopefully someday that he runs off with the title and all of a sudden he can match GSP.”

What happened in the fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal?

The fighter between Usman and ‘Gamebred’ was touted to be one of the best fights of the year. The pair had earlier competed at the UFC 251 event, Usman won that fight via a unanimous decision.

Therefore fans were really excited to see how the fighters would perform in a rematch.

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Alas, the fans could not see a high-intensity fight, as Usman probably put in his best fighting performance inside the Octagon. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ dominated the fight and comfortably knocked Masvidal out.

Building up to the fight, Masvidal had claimed that he did not win the last fight as he could not get enough time to prepare. Although that was true, during this fight it looked like no amount of preparation could have helped ‘Gamebred’.

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Kamaru Usman might not yet be the greatest UFC fighter of all time, but if we can take anything away from his performance at UFC 261 is that the fighter is certainly on his way to the top.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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