Current UFC 170lb champion Tyron Woodley recently laid claim to being the greatest welterweight of all-time, but despite that boast, the man many people is still ahead of him on that particular list, Georges St-Pierre, Isn’t in a ‘Rush’ to face him in the Octagon.
“Fighting is a very complex thing,” St-Pierre Told Fan-Sided. “I actually think it is good for him to think he is the greatest welterweight of all time because it makes him confident and confidence has a big role for a fighter, but there are other fighters out there who can claim the same thing.
“The greatest is hard to say, there is also another guy named Matt Hughes who at one point was one of the greatest. There are some fighters, I’m not saying Tyron Woodley is one of these guys – he is an incredible fighter – but there are guys in this sport sometimes they become champion and they have an easier time than others in terms of opponent, in terms of challenges. Tyron had to go through great fighters like Stephen Thompson and his last performance was outstanding against Darren Till. There was a lot of hype on Darren Till because he was undefeated. Tyron just shut him down incredibly good. Tyron is in a good way in terms of legacy and in terms of being the greatest.”
At this stage GSP hasn’t ruled out the possibility of fighting Woodley, but from the sounds of things the current titleholder would have to do more to build his name before the Canadian superstar would agree to fight him.
“In terms of coming back to fighting, you have to realize I have a lot more to lose than to win. Tyron Woodley wants to fight me because he has a lot more to win than to lose because if he beats me in terms of legacy, in terms of popularity, he has a lot more to win. It’s not that I’m scared, actually, I’m always scared when I go fight. I’m scared of everybody but being scared is irrelevant because I’m going to walk the walk if I have to do it.
“I have to choose carefully what is my next move. For at this point, I am with cementing my legacy it is not a straight line. I have to check what can I gain, what can I lose. That is why when I fought Michael Bisping it was a win/win situation from both sides. If I were to lose I lose but if I win, I win big so it was good. Fighting Tyron Woodley right now, now that he won his last fight it elevates his stock a little bit more but it’s still not a complete win/win situation for me.”