Georges St-Pierre Believes It Is Harder To Defend One Belt As Long As Possible Than Conquer The Second One Immediately
A few years ago, only a real legend would even get a chance to fight for the belt in two divisions. It was normal for the champion to defend the belt in his own division over and over. Until 2015, only Randy Couture and BJ Penn won titles in two different classes.
But Conor McGregor opened the era of super-fights, where a winner usually goes one division up to challenge the current champion.
The most notable examples were Conor McGregor Vs Eddie Alvarez, Michael Bisping Vs Georges St-Pierre, and Daniel Cormier versus Stipe Miocic. At the moment, two super-fights are set – Cris Cyborg Vs Amanda Nunes for UFC 232, and TJ Dillashaw Vs Henry Cejudo for UFC Fight Night 143. There is no fighter who won and defended two belts in different weight classes, because one of them gets vacated.
Let’s look at Max Holloway. He dominated Brian “T-City” Ortega at the main event of UFC 231 to defend 145-pound belt. But he was immediately questioned about potential Lightweight division clashes versus Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, and Conor McGregor!
When it comes to the greatest Featherweight competitor of all time, there is a big dilemma. Max Holloway believes Jose Aldo leads on the scorecards, with seven consecutive title defenses in a row. On the other side, Conor McGregor claims he is the real 145-pound king. The Irishman is the only fighter who defeated both “Scarface” and “Blessed”. Aldo lost to “The Notorious” once and Holloway twice.
A question appears. What boosts fighter’s legacy more? Is it defending as many titles in a row as possible in the same category (Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva)? Or moving a weight class up or down and going for a second title (Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier)?
Georges St-Pierre, one of the rare fighters who won titles in two different weight classes, was asked to provide an answer. “GSP” believes it is more difficult to remain one division champion for a prolonged period of time!
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) December 13, 2018
I think taking contenders is the hardest thing, and I’m gonna tell you why. Because when you are the champion, you are the target. Everybody is looking at you, everybody is studying your game. So, everything you do, everybody has seen it before. When you are coming as a contender- you’re the contender, you’re challenging the champion- it’s like the guy is looking at you for maybe a few months… which, when you’re champion, people are studying your game every day of your reign. Every guy that come up, their dream is to beat you. So they know your game, sometime better than you know yourself. So, for that reason, its a different perspective.
Do you think Georges St-Pierre is right? Is it harder to win the same weight class over and over?