Georges St-Pierre Backs Islam Makhachev as the No. 1 P4P Fighter: ‘His Last Few Performances Are Amazing’

'Rush' believes Makhachev is more than deserving of his top spot at the pound-for-pound rankings

Georges St-Pierre
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Georges St-Pierre believes Islam Makhachev is right where he belongs at the top of the P4P rankings. 

Following his impressive fifth-round submission victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 302, the ‘Dagestani Destroyer’ re-established himself as the No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. However, UFC CEO Dana White was quick to question the validity of Makhachev sitting above Jon Jones

During a recent conversation with Tristar Gym proprietor and longtime coach Firas Zahabi, ‘Rush’ backed Makhachev’s spot and was undeniably impressed with the lightweight world champion’s heart—particularly in his entertaining clash with ‘The Diamond.’ 

“I think right now he’s the best pound-for-pound right now,” St-Pierre told coach Zahabi on the Tristar Gym YouTube channel. Because of his last few performances. Just amazing. An amazing showcase of heart, too, because he had a bad cut on his forehead and Poirier gave him a tough time. Pushed the pace to the edge, and I think that fight is going to make Makhachev even better. These are the fights that make you grow.”

Georges St-Pierre Sees Makhachev Obtaining ‘All-Time Great’ Status Before Long

Since scoring a big win against Charles Oliveira to claim the 155-pound crown at UFC 280, Makhachev has defended his title three times, besting former featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski in back-to-back bouts before putting away Poirier. 

As it stands, some already believe Makhachev is the best lightweight of all time. On the other hand, St-Pierre thinks the Dagestani is well on his way to being remembered as one of the greatest of all time. 

“He’s already starting to get to that status right now (as an all-time great),” St-Pierre said. “Beating Volkanovski and now his last few performances are amazing.”

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Published on June 10, 2024 at 11:16 pm
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