GSP Dreams Of Legacy Fight
Georges St-Pierre will come back to the Octagon for one man and one man only, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre, who officially retired in February, told TSN this week that the current UFC lightweight champion is the only fighter he’d even consider facing in a return.
“A lot of people are attention seekers, they retire to come back and retire to come back,” St-Pierre said. “I’m not that type of guy. We tried to make that fight with Khabib and the UFC told us they had other plans. Khabib wanted the fight, I wanted the fight, but unfortunately it did not happen. That’s the reason why I retired.
“For me, it’s a lot more to lose than to win now and the most important thing for me is my health. I’m no longer, right now as I’m talking, pursuing my goal, which back in the day was to be the best fighter in the world. It was for many years and now it’s not my number one priority anymore.”
“If I have to pick whoever I want, I’ll pick the easiest fight possible and I’ll run away with the $50 million,” St-Pierre joked when a hypothetical $50 million fight against whomever he chose.
“If I want the legacy fight, Khabib is the man to beat right now. He’s the best fighter in the world right now to me. Undefeated and he hasn’t shown any kind of weakness. Nobody has ever come close to solving the puzzle, so that’s why it was very interesting for me.”
St-Pierre retired in 2017 with a submission win over Michael Bisping to become the UFC middleweight champion, which he’d later relinquish voluntarily.
“I think there’s different areas of the fight that I’m better than him,” St-Pierre said when asked if he could beat Nurmagomedov. “Even though he’s better than me in some stuff, I’m quicker in and out and controlling the distance and getting inside for the takedown faster in the open stance. He’s better near the fence, I’m better in the open.
“If I keep that fight in the open, I win.”
“Maybe they don’t want me to beat him because if I leave after that, I ruin their whole investment,” St-Pierre said of the UFC not agreeing for a GSP-Khabib fight.
Quotes via MMA Fighting