GSP Reveals What It Would Take To Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov
Georges St-Pierre has laid out what is required for him to return to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre last stepped inside the Octagon back in November 2017. “Rush” challenged Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship. St-Pierre ended up choking out Bisping via rear-naked choke for the victory. The following month, St-Pierre vacated the 185-pound gold.
For months, St-Pierre had been calling for a showdown with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC President Dana White wasn’t on board with the idea as he felt GSP went back on his word by not defending the UFC Middleweight Title. Eventually, St-Pierre announced his retirement.
Lately, White has appeared to be more open to the idea. The UFC boss even said he’d try to make the fight happen for Nurmagomedov if he were to enter the final fight of his pro MMA career.
Speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, St-Pierre unveiled what needs to happen in order for him to come out of retirement (via MMAFighting.com).
“In order to come back, I’m in the mental state where I’m not sure. The stars would need to be all aligned perfectly. More than two years ago, it’s already almost three years, we tried to make the fight with Khabib. I wanted to go all in. I was ready for it. Anything goes. I was all in. Now things have changed. Three years have gone by, COVID and all that, I kind of let go of the idea of coming back to fight. You know what I mean?
“So I would need to put me back in a different warrior mode. Cause when I fight, my brain doesn’t function the same way than when I’m in normal life. Maybe it’s because of my obsessive-compulsive thing that I’m so focused on it like nothing else matters. I’m only focused on one thing and it’s to win and what I need to do to win. I need to achieve it and do it at all costs. I need to rewire myself if I get to fight again.”