Georges St-Pierre, one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, has recently revealed on the Full Send Podcast that he was prepared to come out of retirement for one last fight against the unbeatable Khabib Nurmagomedov. The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, who retired from the sport in 2019, shared that he was told by some members of Nurmagomedov’s camp that ‘The Eagle’ would call him out at UFC 254.
The Long-Awaited Battle: GSP vs. Khabib
The MMA community has long speculated about a superfight between Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two fighters are widely considered to be among the greatest of all time in their respective divisions. However, with both fighters now retired, it seems that the highly-anticipated showdown will never happen.
Khabib’s Desire to Fight GSP
Khabib Nurmagomedov has never been shy about his desire to fight Georges St-Pierre. The former UFC lightweight champion has repeatedly called out the Canadian icon, citing that GSP was his father’s favorite fighter. Back in 2018, after winning the 155-pound title, ‘The Eagle’ called out St-Pierre in the octagon, but the fight never came to fruition.
GSP: Retirement and Reflection
Georges St-Pierre retired from the sport in 2019 after a storied career that included two UFC championship reigns and a 26-2 record. Since then, he has focused on other interests, including acting and philanthropy. However, he recently admitted that he was open to returning to the octagon for one last fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre’s Reasoning Behind the Possible Fight
In the Full Send Podcast, St-Pierre stated that he believes the fight would have been a great spectacle, but he understands why it never materialized. He expressed that he was relieved the fight never happened, as it would have meant one of them losing, which would have tarnished their legacy. Instead, they have both retired and are considered two of the best fighters in MMA history.
The Fight That Never Was
Despite the hype and excitement surrounding the potential fight between Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov, it looks like it will never happen. With both fighters now retired, the dream matchup will remain just that: a dream. Nonetheless, MMA fans can still reflect on what could have been and marvel at the legacies left behind by two of the sport’s greatest champions.