Georges St-Pierre seems to be having a whale of a time.
The UFC icon, who is easily one of—if not the—greatest MMA fighter of all time, is currently busy acting and chatting it up with anyone who will listen. In recent months we’ve been treated with candid moments from ‘Rush’ about his time in the sport, as well as his opinions on MMA in general.
It’s a far cry from the singularly focused GSP we were used to seeing during his incredible run through the UFC’s welterweight division.
St-Pierre recently spoke to Bleacher Report about a host of subjects concerned with present-day MMA. One of the topics he touched on was who he likes to watch in the UFC right now and who, among them, he considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“I think [Kamaru] Usman, right now, is the best pound-for-pound,” St-Pierre said. “In terms of performance, I think he’s one of the best right now and he’s an active competitor.”
St-Pierre’s assessment differs from the official UFC rankings, which has former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones atop their men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Jones, whose period of dominance overlaps Pierre’s, is nowhere to be found on the French-Canadian’s short-list of fighters he likes to watch.
“I like to watch Adesanya as well, Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane,” said St-Pierre. “I like [Alexander] Volkanovski—all of the champions.
“If we’re talking about who’s the greatest, I think Moreno is pretty amazing. The way he beat Figueiredo, that was amazing. It was an amazing performance—as good as it gets.”
St-Pierre’s last fight was a technical submission win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in 2017 to earn the UFC middleweight title. That fight came after a four year hiatus for St-Pierre. As UFC welterweight champion, St-Pierre was undefeated from 2008 to 2013, racking up nine title defences (the most consecutive title defences in UFC history).
St-Pierre, who recently turned 40, is not expected to return to action anytime soon. However, he did state that he would be free of his UFC contract in around two years.