GSP is by far one of the most decorated fighters in the history of UFC. He is easily labeled as the greatest of all time because of his skills and fighting IQ inside the octagon. He was recently spotted in Paris where he did a Q/A with the fans before the UFC Paris weigh ins.
When asked about the fight between Usman and Edwards, St-Pierre continued to laud the reigning champion after Edwards' amazing comeback kick knockout victory over Usman at UFC 278.
Kamaru Usman was comfortably ahead on the points on the night where he thought it would be an easy matchup for him. However early signs of Edwards improvement in the ground game were clearly evident. Even GSP thought that Usman was winning comfortably before his lights shut off. He said “He showcased, in the first round, incredible skills to put Kamaru Usman on his back, mount him, taking his back. He showcased incredible skills right there, “He was losing the second, third and fourth round, and was on his way to losing the fifth round. But I think what makes Leon Edwards so good is his fighting IQ. He is also so good at neutralizing his opponent’s strength”.
In his trilogy bout with Leon Edwards, Georges St-Pierre believes Kamaru Usman's level of confidence will determine whether he is able to win back the UFC welterweight championship.
The question of how Usman would recover after being knocked out for the first time and in such a harsh way has been raised by Edwards' magnificent moment.
There are concerns about Usman, even though almost everyone, including UFC president Dana White, anticipates a trilogy bout between the two in the near future. Another drawback for Usman would be that the trilogy is most likely to take place in London.
George Saint Pierre thinks that that mental toughness of Kamaru Usman will come into play if he has to take back the title from Leon Edwards. GSP stated “After a loss, very often we see fighters that a loss can affect their confidence. Confidence is very important for a fighter, because you can have all the skills in the world, but if you don’t have confidence, it’s like someone that has a lot of money in his bank account, but no way of accessing it. So for the magic to happen, you need the skills and the confidence. So we’ll see how mentally strong Kamaru Usman is, and if he comes back and wins the title, I think it will add up to his legacy even more. But it’s going to be a hell of a fight, a hell of a challenge.”
Usman was close to equalling Anderson Silva’s record of unbeaten16 fight win streak. Usman before facing Edwards had a 15 fight winning run. Will Kamaru Usman get his title back when he faces Leon Edwards in a trilogy fight next year? Let us know in the comments.