Does Georges St-Pierre Think He’ll Ever Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Georges St-Pierre isn’t sold on the possibility of fighting UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre has long expressed interest in a clash with Nurmagomedov. “Rush” held out hope for a fight with “The Eagle” but UFC President Dana White wasn’t on board at the time. St-Pierre ended up retiring in February 2019. White recently said he’s open to the idea if Nurmagomedov wants the fight to end his career but St-Pierre doesn’t see it happening.
BT Sport spoke to the former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion who said, “the chances are incredibly low” for a matchup with Nurmagomedov. St-Pierre noted that he thinks the UFC is trying to protect Nurmagomedov (h/t CBS Sports).
“I don’t know. It takes three parties to make a fight. It takes one opponent, another opponent and it takes the organization, as well. I don’t know if the organization would want that. I run away with the welterweight, I run away with the middleweight and they assuredly don’t want me to run with the lightweight.”
St-Pierre recently said that the UFC hasn’t reached out to him on a potential return fight with Nurmagomedov yet. Speculation continues to run wild as St-Pierre looks slim when compared to how his body type used to be.
Nurmagomedov has a crucial bout to focus on. He’s scheduled to take on interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje in a title unification bout on October 24. This fight will headline UFC 254. While not official, it is expected that UFC 254 will be held in Abu Dhabi.
St-Pierre hasn’t competed since November 4, 2017. On that night, he submitted Michael Bisping to become the UFC Middleweight Champion. The action emanated from the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. St-Pierre ended up vacating the gold and disagreed with White on what should be next for him if he were to stick around.