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Is Georges St. Pierre a 'great' mixed martial artist? Steven Seagal doesn't think so, labeling the UFC welterweight champion a 'really nice guy' who is 'good' and can achieve greatness over time as long as he doesn't have repeat performances like the one at UFC 129 against Jake Shields.
Jean Claude Van Damme, it might be high time to back up your boy.
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, is one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in the sport today. In fact, he is widely considered to be one of the top two or three pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world.
Even if "Rush" himself doesn't hold himself in such high regard.
Believe it or not, there is one other notable person who seems to agree with "GSP:" B-level 1990s action movie star and newfound MMA personality, Steven Seagal.
Seagal, who has been lingering around the MMA scene a lot lately -- mainly chumming it up with the Black House camp and being in the ear of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva -- says St. Pierre is a "good" MMA fighter, he's just not "great."
His words on his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour":
"I think he's a really nice guy. I think he's a good fighter and good martial artist. Would I call him great? In my words, no. I just think he's a wonderful, very good martial artist and good guy. You know, some people are born with greatness, and some people sort of acquire it. But, I think that with time, he will become better and better."
Seagal went on to say he would like to see a Silva vs. St. Pierre "super fight," however, he feels "The Spider" would decisively beat the French-Canadian because even on his worst day, Silva, still looks good while "Rush," on the other hand, looks down right "atrocious" on a bad night:
"One of the things that a master looks at when they look at a fighter is the history of the fighter. When you look at the history of the fighter, you look at their very best fights, their best work, and their worst. If you look at Anderson's worst fights, they're not bad. He still looks pretty good. If you look at GSP's worst fight, you look at the thing he did with (Jake) Shields in Canada, that was atrocious. I think that is very telling. I just didn't think the technique and the fighting skill was there in that instance. I also saw him after the fight and he wasn't looking or feeling very well either, which does have some meaning. I think he got hurt in that fight and whether he dominated him or not, I just didn't think he looked good."
Seagal also said if he were advising St. Pierre, he would advise him no to take the fight against the 185-pound champ.
To be fair, he also stated he would advise Silva not to take a bout against current UFC light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, because of the physical advantage "Bones" would have over the Brazilian, saying it would be a "very difficult" fight for Silva and doesn't know if he would win or not.
I leave it you Maniacs, sound off on the Sensei's comments. Spot on or way off?