When mixed martial arts fans delve deep into the ‘GOAT’ discussion, a handful of names always come to the surface. Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Demetrious Johnson and Fedor Emelianenko all tend to be in the mix.
Beyond that, though, there are two stars from the welterweight division that have made as much noise as anyone – Georges St-Pierre and Kamaru Usman.
As a two-weight UFC champion and a two-time title holder at 170 pounds, it’s no surprise that GSP is viewed as one of the best to ever do it. In equal measure, Kamaru Usman has been on quite the run as of late after successfully defending his welterweight crown five times in the last few years.
In a recent interview, St-Pierre provided a candid answer to the age-old question of where Usman fits into the GOAT conversation.
“It’s a different time,” St-Pierre said. “We competed against different people in a different time. I think Kamaru Usman, he could be the greatest of all time right now. However, I think you need to wait until the end of the career of someone before saying he’s the greatest of all time because sometimes your stock can go up or it can go down, you know? But he’s definitely up there, you know what I mean?
“He’s definitely among the best of all time, 100 percent. He’s on a tear. I really enjoy watching him fight.”
St-Pierre went on to note that he doesn’t mind if Usman is considered to be the welterweight GOAT, saying that he’s come to realise with age that he cares more about what the people he loves think of him than those outside of his circle.
Usman’s next test
After dispatching Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal, Usman is ready to move on to another rematch on August 20 as he prepares to defend the strap against Birmingham’s own Leon Edwards.
‘Rocky’ has earned his shot at the belt with a 10-fight unbeaten streak but with Usman looking as good as he ever has, the pound-for-pound king will be heavily favoured to leave Salt Lake City with the championship around his waist.