Georges St-Pierre Names the Scariest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the UFC

Published 04/08/2021, 2:06 AM EDT
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)


UFC welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre spoke to Joe Rogan on the latest episode of his podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’. Chiefly, ‘Rush’ did a deep dive into Khabib Nurmagomedov, a name that he’s constantly asked about. A ‘St-Pierre vs Nurmagomedov’ match-up is undoubtedly the most talked-about super fight that will probably never come to fruition.

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However, that wasn’t always the case, and the UFC was moving in on possibly making the fight happen. Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s statement win and eventual retirement at UFC 254, fans debated the possibility of ‘GSP’ coaxing him out of retirement. However, due to several reasons including the weight class, the aforementioned match-up remained shelved.

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Georges St-Pierre looks at Khabib Nurmagomedov on the P4P List

The Canadian native explained to Joe Rogan that Nurmagomedov was undoubtedly the scariest fighter on the UFC roster. This is high praise, especially when looking at the pound-for-pound rankings and the fighters who are on the list. Furthermore, St-Pierre has fought some absolute killers at welterweight and his praise speaks volumes of Nurmagomedov’s dominance.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“To me, Khabib is one of the scariest because he’s beating you down. He’s not only beating you down, he’s breaking you mentally and for me that is worse than anything. For me, it’s the scariest one pound-for-pound, Khabib is.”

Has father time caught up with St-Pierre?

Additionally, Georges St-Pierre was also transparent about the fact that his own skillset might be diminishing. As time marches on, ‘Rush’ believes that it’s very possible that the fight game may have passed him by.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

“I wanted to come back for Khabib because it was, sometimes for a fighter the scariest thing sometimes is the most exciting thing to do. It’s a problem that’s never been solved before. But to come back for another guy and fight for another title, if I win it’s going to be another one after and another one.”

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“I’m going to turn 40 years old…I hate to admit it and I refuse to admit it, but sometimes I think my best years might be behind me.”

Fight fans will probably always pine for a fight between St-Pierre and Nurmagomedov that ultimately never came to being. There’s no question that the winner of the fight would be looked at as the best fighter to ever compete in MMA. However, as it stands, both men will have to do with what they’ve already left behind in their respective divisions.

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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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