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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Georges St-Pierre: Fight me before you retire

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Reports that Georges St-Pierre will announce his retirement at a Thursday press conference in Montreal swept the mixed martial arts world Wednesday.

At least one interested onlooker hopes that the former welterweight and middleweight champion will postpone his decision long enough to return for one more fight.

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has angled for a fight with the future Hall of Famer, made his pitch public Wednesday, issuing a respectful callout via Instagram.

“Let’s do it in November,” the post read. “After this fight you can retire. I grow up on your fights, and have nothing but respect for you, and I believe showed that to you George when you were in Moscow. But, it would be honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time.”

The undefeated Nurmagomedov wants the fight with St-Pierre at 155 pounds, which would give GSP the opportunity to become the first UFC fighter in history to hold three different weight class titles. But he also offered to hold the bout at 160 in an acknowledgment St-Pierre has never fought at such a low weight.

You can see Nurmagomedov’s full post below: