Colby Covington is confident he would’ve been able to beat Georges St-Pierre with ease.
St-Pierre is considered the greatest welterweight of all time but according to Covington, he thinks the Canadian’s skill wouldn’t hold up to today’s MMA. Instead, “Chaos” believes St-Pierre would’ve had a tough time fighting him as he thinks he’s a better striker and the Canadian wouldn’t be able to take him down.
“I don’t think I could beat Georges St-Pierre – I know I’d beat St-Pierre,” Covington said on a recent episode of the MMA Roasted Podcast (h/t MMAJunkie). “He was able to take a lot of guys down and hold them down and ground and pound. He’s not taking me down. My cardio is completely different. I’ve never been taken down in the UFC octagon, so he’s not going to be the first.
“Georges St-Pierre – his striking was very basic, very kindergarten. He didn’t have a lot of tricks. He just had that really good jab, but that’s pretty easy to counter if you’re moving your head and using footwork,” Covington continued. “I think Georges St-Pierre would have been a very extremely easy fight for me. He was ahead of his time. There were a lot of guys that time that were one-dimensional. They were either strikers or they were wrestlers, but they weren’t good at blending both.”
Although Covington thinks he would’ve been able to beat St-Pierre, it’s all hypothetical as the Canadian is no longer in his prime and the fight won’t happen.
Colby Covington has not fought since he beat Tyron Woodley by fifth-round TKO where Woodley injured his rib. Prior to that, he suffered a TKO loss to Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title for his first loss inside the Octagon. He’s also the former interim welterweight champ after defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225.
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