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Chael Sonnen: Georges St-Pierre Was “The Worst” He’s Seen at UFC 217, But is “Still The Best”

Kelsey Mowatt

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Some have argued that Georges St-Pierre looked better than ever at UFC 217, during his historic win over Michael Bisping, but Chael Sonnen is not one of those folks. In fact, the “American Gangster” feels the opposite.

St-Pierre returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2013 last weekend, and choked Bisping out in the third round to win the middleweight championship. Since the former welterweight champ showcased some nice striking, demonstrated he still has top tier wrestling, and scored a finish, despite having not fought in four years, a lot of people have been heaping praise on GSP.

Well, not everyone is on board with that narrative, including Sonnen. During an episode of Beyond the Fight, Sonnen offered this take on St-Pierre’s memorable win (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“People said, Georges St-Pierre with four years off, he’s not gonna be as fast as he was. Well, he wasn’t. People said he wouldn’t be big enough to just come in underneath a 185-pound Michael Bisping and just take him down like he did everyone else. Well, he couldn’t. He struggled there. People said his timing was gonna be a little bit off, he’d second guess himself after this long layoff. He did. It was the worst Georges St-Pierre I’ve ever seen, but what the world found out is Georges St-Pierre’s skills as a mixed martial artist, there’s a big gap between St-Pierre and the rest of the field. . .

“Yeah it was a rusty Georges St-Pierre, maybe a little bit slower. I thought maybe his conditioning wasn’t quite what we used to see. He’s still the best in the world.”

Even if you’re a huge GSP booster, you have to admit that the former welterweight champ was fading in round three. Further, Sonnen’s not the only person to argue that the star looked slower. In fact, Robert Whittaker’s argued that St-Pierre looked “slower than ever”.  One could argue that’s because of the extra weight GSP was carrying for the fight. It could also be because he’s now 36 year’s old.

But, at the end of the day, St-Pierre found a way to win, and become just the fourth fighter to win titles in two divisions. GSP also kept critics at bay by recording his first stoppage win since 2009, as his run of decision victories was something he took a lot of heat for, over the years.

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