Georges St-Pierre has been calling for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the Russian champion has also been open to the scrap.
However, the UFC was not interested in the fight and according to St-Pierre, it’s the main reason why he retired. He says he will only return to improve his legacy and he says fighting Nurmagomedov would do that.
“I retired because I didn’t want to go back to doing the same thing all over and over again,” St-Pierre said to DAZN. “Taking a fight takes a lot out of me because I’m very proud, it’s very important for me. So when I perform, I have to do it the best I can and the result matters very much for me. It takes a lot of stress on me.”
“I didn’t want to take another training camp of two [or] three months, maybe six months with the whole building up, the promotion and everything, out of my life to fight another guy that I don’t have nothing to gain in terms of legacy. If I fight someone and I take six months of my life to focus – on it, the sparring, the stress – I would need that to be worth it for me. Not only money-wise but also legacy-wise and satisfaction-wise.”
It would no doubt be a massive fight and arguably one of the biggest fights the UFC could put on.
Why the UFC would not want to put the fight on is simple, according to Georges St-Pierre. He believes the Las Vegas-based promotion doesn’t want to make the fight for him to win and retire and leave the UFC with their star champion no longer undefeated.
“That’s why I wanted to fight Khabib, because I could have lost big, but at least I could win big,” he said. “If I fight another contender that doesn’t have the same platform, the same legacy, it feels to me that I have a lot more to lose than to win. And I also said that I wanted to retire on top.”
“So for me, if I ever come back, it’s not impossible, but right now I don’t see nothing. The UFC refused a fight with Khabib and I, and there’s nothing [else] that really excites me. These [other] guys are incredible – every challenge is dangerous – but I feel like I have a lot more to lose.”
Whether or not that is the reason is unknown. But, for now, Georges St-Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is only a dream.
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