January 19th also marks nearly one month without a UFC card which means anticipation for UFC 246 is building and the big stars are coming out with predictions, thoughts and opinions on the bout. One of those fighters is the best welterweight to ever step foot in the cage, Georges St-Pierre.
GSP spoke to the official Tristar YouTube channel and gave his thoughts and predictions on the McGregor vs Cerrone bout.
“If it’s a quick fight it’s going to be McGregor, if it’s a long fight it’s going to be Cerrone. It depends, if Cerrone comes and tries to grapple because he’s got a very, very good ground game, his ground game is very underrated. I’ve trained with him before and he’s got a good takedown. He is very explosive to shoot the takedown. People don’t know that because he doesn’t use it much. He used it against Patrick Cote, but if he does that to weather the first couple minutes of the storm and McGregor’s powerful left hand, I think he can get it.”
GSP can see a route to victory for Cerrone if he sticks to a gameplan and wrestles early to avoid the powerful punch of McGregor. However, whether Cerrone employs that gameplan or not is what has GSP struggling to make a decision when Firas Zahabi pushes him to make a pick.
“It depends what will be his approach, what tools he’s gonna use. I think if he wrestles in round one, he has a good chance to win. But if he tries to play a boxing and karate game with McGregor, McGregor will tag him and knock him out.
It’s hard. The odds are more towards McGregor but Cerrone can pull this off too. It’s at 170 but McGregor looks big.
I don’t know enough about McGregor, but from what I’ve seen is he is like a sniper. When you fight a sniper, you need to move, you need change levels, you need to change angles, change distance, and I don’t know if Cerrone will do that because he’s known to be a very slow starter as usual, so if he does that, if he doesn’t start right away hard with the speed he is going to get caught.”
Zahabi humorously added that Cerrone has to go GSP style and “double leg in round one”.