When requested who he needed to face subsequent in a current interview with TMZ, Kamaru Usman had one title able to go. None apart from former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, and all-around MMA legend, Georges St-Pierre.
“Georges is a man who has put his time in and is taken into account among the best and that’s the place I goal to be at,” Usman stated. “He’s nonetheless capable of are available and be that opponent the place persons are not sure. Like, ‘You understand what? We don’t know if Usman’s acquired this one.’”
GSP walked away from MMA, belt in hand, again in 2013 having clearly established his legacy as one of many biggest fighters in MMA historical past. 4 years later he challenged Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, defeating the ‘Depend’ by way of third spherical submission. It was an unbelievable feat of sporting prowess. Nonetheless underneath 40-years-old, is there an opportunity that GSP might come again yet one more time for one more likelihood at UFC gold?
Talking to TMZ, GSP advised the outlet he has nothing however respect for Usman and his talent. However, whereas he’s flattered by the supply, he has no real interest in stepping again within the cage (transcript by way of MMA Combating).
“I believe for me it’s higher if I keep retired and I’ve different huge initiatives proper now,” St-Pierre defined. “I nonetheless keep an enormous fan of the game, I like to observe Kamaru, I like to observe all the very best guys within the sport. … I noticed the struggle, he’s wonderful. What an important struggle. He’s very, very good. Everyone talks about his bodily skills and his expertise, however I believe what his greatest attribute is his mind. He’s very, very good. He’s superb at turning into the proper nemesis for his opponent. He fought virtually an ideal struggle. He’s a tremendous fighter and he’s gonna go far, he’s gonna be among the best if he retains going like that.”
St-Pierre in contrast leaping again right into a struggle camp to placing himself “in jail,” and “preparing for hell.”
“I’ve executed it for a really very long time and sadly, in my sport, there’s too many guys that retired too late and I don’t wish to be certainly one of these guys. I’m very lucky. I’m wholesome, most significantly, and I’m additionally rich. I got here on the proper time, the fitting timing, I made some huge cash, and I believe after I measured and calculated the professionals and cons, it’s higher that I keep retired.”
In fact, on the planet of fight sports activities, it’s by no means too late to try to mount a comeback. Former UFC action-fight staple Marcus ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ Davis lately introduced he’d be combating once more for the primary time since 2014 later this 12 months. And Former UFC champ Pat Miletich lately stepped again within the ring in opposition to former boxing champ Michael Nunn for a kickboxing exhibition bout.
Even Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. are planning to placed on an upcoming exhibition boxing match. So, it could be a no at this time from St-Pierre, however there’s nonetheless loads of time for the all time nice to alter his thoughts.