UFC legend Georges St-Pierre recently showed up on Lex Fridman’s youtube channel and the two talked about the reality of street fighting. On one occasion, the Hall of Famer talked about whom he would prefer to fight in a no-rule fight. During the conversation GSP revealed something that we didn’t anticipate – he would rather fight Ngannou no holds barred then legendary catch wrestler Bas Rutten.
GSP sees Bas Rutten, in his prime, as a bigger threat than Francis Ngannou in a fight where there is no ref and duration.
“In a street fight, I would rather fight Francis Ngannou than fight Bas Rutten. In a street fight,” told GSP to the podcast host Lex Fridman.
Though Francis Ngannou is an absolute powerhouse with an intimidating aura, the Predator is still only has a few accomplishments and experience compared to Bas Rutten, who also has a deadly shot.
Before his retirement from fighting in 1999, Rutten competed for most of his fighting days in Pancrase, a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion. He signed with the UFC in 1998, after his Pancrase career, and with an undefeated score at that time. He fought two times within the promotion and won the vacant heavyweight champion. The Dutchman scored 28-4-1 in his pro MMA career.
Meanwhile, Francis Ngannou has gone 11-2 after joining the UFC in 2015. He snatched the heavyweight belt from Stipe Miocic in their rematch. Ngannou is scheduled to defend his title against the challenger Cyril Gane at UFC 270 on January 23.
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