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Georges St-Pierre reveals that he wanted to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov two years ago; reveals current status

UFC 217: Bisping v St-Pierre
UFC 217: Bisping v St-Pierre
R. Nath
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Modified 09 Oct 2020, 04:12 IST
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It appears as though there is only one fight that interests Georges St-Pierre for a return - one against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC legend told Joe Rogan on his podcast that the "0" in Khabib Nurmagomedov's record makes him want to be the man to defeat him.

While Georges St-Pierre may have retired officially in 2019, he has always been interested in the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. Georges St-Pierre revealed in an interview with Aaron Bronsteter of TSN (H/T MMA Junkie) that he tried to make the fight against the Russian Lightweight Champion happen two years ago:

“[Two] years ago, when I retired, we tried to make the fight happen,” St-Pierre said. “I was all-in. I was trying to make the fight happen. And the UFC didn’t want to do it. Now, two years have passed by. I don’t know if the UFC is gonna change their mind. Even if the UFC wants to make the fight, they change their minds, the stars have to align."

Georges St-Pierre admitted that he hadn't cut weight in a long time but knows that Khabib Nurmagomedov walks around heavier than he does:

“I haven’t cut weight for a long time,” St-Pierre added. “If I go down to 155, my performance will be compromised. I know Khabib is about the same size as me. He’s maybe bigger than me when he’s offseason. I never go up to 200. I’m at 185. That’s turned to his advantage. If we cut more weight, he’s able to bounce back more than I am. He’s used to it. I’ve never been a big fan of cutting weight. Even when I was a welterweight, I was 185. Most guys now are much bigger than 185."

Will a Georges St-Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight ever come to fruition?

If anything, 2021 might be the last opportunity that the UFC has to book GSP vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian champion stated that he wanted to face Georges St-Pierre in April.

It's clear that both sides want the fight - it's up to the UFC to make it happen.

Published 09 Oct 2020, 04:12 IST
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