Georges St-Pierre Says Kamaru Usman Is ‘Raising The Bar’ For UFC Welterweights
Georges St-Pierre believes Kamaru Usman continues to reach new heights as the gold standard of the 170-pound division.
Usman is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. He has three successful title defenses. Usman is set to put his gold on the line against Jorge Masvidal in a rematch on April 24. The title fight will be held inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Fans will be allowed in the building at full capacity.
St-Pierre once ruled the welterweight roost and is considered to be one of the best, if not, the best fighter in the history of MMA competition. Now retired, St-Pierre admitted to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that Usman is excelling among the current 170-pound crop (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“We cannot measure the performance like in sprinting or in weight lifting, but we can only speculate and, of course, time for time, maybe he didn’t win 11 (title fights), but he’s raising the bar. And if I don’t admit that, that means I’m insulting the entire UFC roster. That means I’m saying the sport is regressing, and it’s not true. I believe the sport is getting better. Do I feel that if I go back in my prime and I could fight Kamaru Usman, I do think, yes, I could have done it. However, I know for a fact that as time goes by, guys get better.”
St-Pierre and Usman have exchange pleasantries in the past. Usman has said the main reason he wanted to share the Octagon with “Rush” is that it would be an honor to fight an all-time great. St-Pierre has expressed his amazement with Usman’s effectiveness against elite welterweights of this generation.
Usman is fresh off a successful title defense against his former training partner Gilbert Burns. Usman scored the third-round TKO finish.