When you think of the 170-pound division in mixed martial arts, there's one name that looms largest, and there's really no debating it. Georges St-Pierre defined greatness in the welterweight division before leaving it in 2013 having defended the championship belt a record nine times, so with all-time UFC moneymaker Conor McGregor squaring off with the promotion's winningest fighter in Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone later this month in a welterweight main event at UFC 246, there's no better man to scout the fight than the legendary GSP. So, what can Cerrone do to turn the tables on McGregor and score the major upset?
"[Cerrone]'s got a very, very good ground game. His ground game is underrated. I've trained with him before, and he's... very explosive to shoot the takedown," St-Pierre said. "[H]e doesn't use it much... but if he does that to weather the first couple minutes of the storm and McGregor's powerful left hand," Cowboy will have a chance to pull off the stunner.
"It depends [on] what will be his approach, what tools he's gonna use," he said, suggesting that wrestling early and robbing Conor of striking opportunities is the key to controlling the fight.
In the decade that just ended, GSP fought seven times, with the first six coming at 170 pounds. Every single one was a UFC title fight. He went 7-0. When it comes to winning on the big stage, the conversation begins and ends with this man.
If I'm Donald Cerrone, I'm studying every word and taking notes.