Colby Covington has no doubt that he would have defeated the greatest welterweight of all time if they had ever fought.
Covington was asked how a hypothetical fight between him and former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre would have gone. Colby’s answer was what anyone who knows him would expect.
Colby Covington claims he would have easily beaten Georges St-Pierre
The former interim welterweight champion noted that fighters have evolved tremendously since St-Pierre’s era. Therefore, the iconic UFC Hall of Famer would have a harder time dealing with today’s level of competition.
“I don’t think I could beat Georges St-Pierre, I know I would beat St-Pierre,” Covington said on a recent episode of the MMA Roasted Podcast. “He was able to take a lot of guys down and hold them down and beat them. Me, he wasn’t going to take me down. My cardio is completely different. I’ve never been knocked down in the UFC octagon, so he wouldn’t be the first.”
Colby went on to say that to him St-Pierre is a basic fighter and added that fighters of the past were “one dimensional.”
“Georges St-Pierre’s striking is very basic, very pre-school. He didn’t have a lot of tricks. He just had that really good jab. But it’s easy to avoid with good heading and footwork. I think Georges St-Pierre would have been a very easy fight for me. He was ahead of his time. There were a lot of guys at the time who were one-dimensional. They were either strikers or wrestlers, but they weren’t good at mixing the two.”
Covington has won eight of his last nine fights. His only loss was to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. He has not fought since stopping former champion Tyron Woodley in September last year and is convinced UFC president Dana White will make good on his claim that he is next in line for Usman.