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Georges St-Pierre opens up on Khamzat’s chances of becoming a UFC champion



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Former two-division champion GSP and rising star Khamzat Chimaev. Photo: Noah K. Murray / USA TODAY Sports nad Stefan Romare / Frontkick

Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre believes that rising star Khamzat Chimaev has good chances of becoming a champion in the near future.

“Khamzat is very good. He’s got all the skills. He’s very good, and he’s showcased incredible durability and great mental strength in his last fight with Gilbert Burns. Because he was pushed to the limit, and that’s when you recognize a true warrior, a true champion, than a contender. When he faced those moments of adversity, and some collapse but some pushed through and succeed,” GSP recently said during a UFC Athlete Q&A at UFC Paris.

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GSP defended the UFC welterweight title nine times

The 41-year-old MMA legend defended the UFC welterweight title no less than nine consecutive times. GSP won the title with a Knockout of the Night against Matt Hughes at UFC 65 in 2006. However, in his first title defence he lost the belt to Matt Serra in one of the biggest upsets in the promotion’s history.

GSP then won the interim welterweight title in 2007, and in 2008 he got his revenge on Serra when he unified the UFC welterweight championship with a second-round TKO. He then came to defend his belt against B.J. Penn, Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz among others.

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