UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman looked so excellent in his win over Jorge Masvidal on Saturday night at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi that it seems even the people over at the UFC offices have started wondering how the 33-year-old Nigerian-born American champ might fare against retired all-time great Georges St-Pierre.
Included among the possibilities for Usman’s next potential opponent, the official Twitter account of the UFC listed St-Pierre as one of only three options.
— UFC (@ufc) July 13, 2020
Why Edwards, Burns and St-Pierre All Make Some Sense
Both Leon Edwards and Gilbert Burns are active 170-pound contenders that are probably each due title shots by now.
Edwards is ranked No. 4 in the division and has won nine straight contests. Burns is the No. 1 ranked contender at 170 pounds.
So the UFC having Edwards and Burns on their graphic makes perfect sense.
Sure, the 39-year-old UFC Hall of Famer is considered by most to be one of the absolute best fighters in history, but he hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217 nearly three years go.
Regardless, maybe the legend is again readying himself to take another stab at grabbing UFC gold against arguably the scariest and most remarkable UFC welterweight champion since his own epic run.
Judging by his latest social media posts, St-Pierre has remained in excellent shape over the years.
He already appears Octagon-ready right this second.
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— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) May 21, 2020
Usman vs. St-Pierre Would Be Massive Megafight
Usman vs. St-Pierre happening later this year or early next would certainly be a surprising turn of events for both fighters, but it would also have to be labeled an absolute megafight.
Usman and St-Pierre are currently tied for most consecutive wins in the UFC’s welterweight division at 12.
The two great champions locking horns to settle that score would be quite the way to break the tie.
On top of that, Usman facing St-Pierre would provide one of the most dominant UFC champs today the opportunity to carve out an even larger fan base.
According to reports that surfaced on Monday afternoon, Usman’s clash against Masvidal at UFC 251 was the best-selling UFC pay-per-view since UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor.
At 1.3 million buys, Usman-Masvidal is one of only a handful of UFC PPVs in history to top the million-buy mark.
Riding that wave, Usman heading into a massive superfight against one of the most popular legends the sport has ever produced would go a long way toward helping Usman become a top-flight UFC commodity.
And who knows?
Maybe Usman could parlay everything into his own star turn the way boxing’s Floyd Mayweather did over a decade ago.
Usman is already a dominant champ. Now all he needs to do is keep stringing together big wins against superstar opponents.
Other than his longshot desire to face McGregor next, there’s not a bigger name for Usman to face next than St-Pierre.
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