In this Comparing Kings piece, UFC Welterweight greats Kamaru Usman vs Georges St-Pierre. We want to do an apples-to-apples comparison of the two greats, champion vs champion, just the facts.
In Comparing Kings, we try to compare generational greats across eras. We narrow down our comparisons using only statistics and facts.
Usman has been running through his welterweight adversaries and has his next scheduled bout against his rival Colby Covington at UFC 268 November 2021. St-Pierre was the long-reigning welterweight champion and has 13 title fight wins to his name, plus several other records.
Comparing Kings: Kamaru Usman vs Georges St-Pierre
Stats and Facts
|Kamaru Usman||Georges St-Pierre|
|112-62 (50 diff.)||Opponents UFC Record||174-123 (51 diff.)|
|8-8||Opp. UFC Title Record||22-24|
|2||Highest P4P Rank||1|
|3||Top 10 Def. Before Championship||3|
|2-0||Vs. NCAA Div I Wrestlers||7-1|
|4-0||Vs. BJJ Champions||2-0|
|54%||Sig. Strike Accuracy||53%|
|1041||Sig. Strike Landed||1254|
|1909||Total Strikes Landed||2523|
|52%||Control Time %||48%|
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Height||5 ft 9 in (1.78 m)|
|76 in (193 cm)||Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|170 lb (77 kg)||Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
Top 10 Defeated Before Championship – 3/3
Ahead of March 2019 before Kamaru Usman’s Title Shot against Tyron Woodley, he had defeated 3 opponents who were ranked in the top 10: Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos.
Similarly, in October 2006, ahead of St-Pierre’s first title win, he had also defeated 3 opponents who were ranked in the top 10: Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, and Karo Parisyan. Surprisingly, St-Pierre’s 2005 win over title challenger Frank Trigg did not carry much value by the end of 2006. Trigg had left the UFC and had taken a hard loss to future St-Pierre adversary in Carlos Condit.
Vs. NCAA Div I Wrestlers – 2-0/7-1
Kamaru Usman has wins against two NCAA D1 level wrestlers in Covington and Woodley. Covington is quite decorated as a wrestler, winning a FILA World Championship in 2013. The two will rematch in November of this year.
St-Pierre made a career of defeating NCAA D1 level wrestlers, holding an impressive record of 7-1 against them. The lone loss being to Champion Matt Hughes, who St-Pierre would later avenge twice. NCAA Wrestlers defeated by St-Pierre: Matt Hughes (2), Frank Trigg, Josh Koscheck (2), Jon Fitch, and Johnny Hendricks. Particularly notable is Koscheck and Hendricks who were also NCAA D1 Wrestling Champion in 2001, 2005, and 2006.
Vs. BJJ Champions – 4-0/2-0
Against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champions, Kamaru Usman has an impressive list against four strong opponents: Demian Maia, dos Anjos, Gilbert Burns, Sérgio Moraes. Maia has won an ADCC and a Jiu-Jitsu world championships. Dos Anjos and Burns won one World Jiu-Jitsu Championship each, and Moraes has two.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champions St-Pierre had defeated are only BJ Penn who he had defeated twice. Jake Shields and Matt Serra nearly qualified but Serra would get second in ADCC, while Shields would get third. Nick Diaz would not count for this as he has no BJJ world championships but does have a Pan-Am Jiu-Jitsu championship.
Opponents UFC Title Record – 8-8/22-24
Only a few of Kamaru Usman’s opponents have competed in UFC title fights, and collectively they have a record of 8-8. These are Jorge Masvidal (0-2), Burns (0-1), Covington (1-1), Woodley (5-1), dos Anjos (2-2), and Maia (0-2).
St-Pierre has fought many opponents who have decorated UFC title records, totaling a record of 22-24. These are Hughes (8-3), Trigg (0-2), Sherk (2-2), Penn (7-5), Serra (1-1), Condit (1-2), Hendricks (1-2), Bisping (2-1), opponents Diaz, Shields, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Koscheck, and Dan Hardy would have a 0-1 UFC title record.
For these numbers, Strikeforce and WEC championship records were not included. These would be Diaz (4-0), Shields (2-0), and Condit (4-0).
Other Notable Statistics
St-Pierre was a fighter who was extremely well known in terms of control time percent and takedown accuracy. It is notable how impressive Usman’s control time percent and takedown defense are.