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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre shuts down potential Khabib Nurmagomedov fight: ‘I have other plans for my life’

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When Georges St-Pierre retired from MMA earlier this year, there was a lingering suspicion among the MMA community that we hadn’t seen the last of GSP. Perhaps it was because St-Pierre had already come out of retirement once before or perhaps it was because the future Hall of Famer has been open about courting a superfight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the general feeling was that St-Pierre would be back at least one more time. Well according to St-Pierre, we can put that speculation to bed for good.

Speaking to TSN over the weekend at UFC Newark, St-Pierre addressed a possible comeback fight against Nurmagomedov saying was done thinking about that and he was firmly retired from the game.

“It was on my mind when I retired,” St-Pierre said. “I really wanted to do it, but now, telling you the truth, UFC were clear, they had other plans for Khabib so I turned a page. I cannot wait for the fight to happen and twiddle my thumbs. I have other plans for my life. Being the best fighter in the world is not my number one priority anymore. It used to be, now it’s not. I have family, friends, I have a lot of more important things to do. I have other projects down the road.

“Family is the number one priority. It’s very important. Family and health is very important.”

St-Pierre has been mostly retired since 2013 but for his one comeback fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Even when he announced he would be returning to the octagon to face Bisping, many fans didn’t believe he’d have an extended run, despite Dana White and GSP both affirming that he would defend the middleweight title should he win. That pantomime was short-lived however as St-Pierre relinquished his title just 34 days into his reign, citing medical issues that would prevent him from defending his belt. He has since fully recovered from the ulcerative colitis that plagued him and says that’s not the cause of his retirement, but that he just doesn’t have the same drive anymore to keep chasing a fight with Khabib.

“It’s not because I can’t, it’s because I don’t want,” St-Pierre said. “It’s not worth it to dedicate all my focus and concentration to this if I’m not gonna fight and get the fight that I want, you know what I mean? So it’s not that I can’t do it. I could come back and fight again but my heart is not there. When I train in the gym, I feel very confident. When I train with a young guy, I feel like I want to fight again but then I go back home and sometimes I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘ Ugh, f*ck that.’ So it’s a mixed up feeling for me now.”

But what if the UFC decided to change their minds and offered the fight? Surely, St-Pierre would be convinced to come back for one last dance? Apparently not. St-Pierre was adamant that even if the UFC called him up today, that chapter of his life is over.

“If and if and if. With ‘if’ you don’t go [anywhere],” St-Pierre said. “I’m not gonna wait and twiddle my thumbs. I have other things in my life, other big projects that I can’t talk about but I’m working on. I’m always training, I’m always in good shape, I will always be. But competition, for me, it’s a chapter of my life that is over.”

Nurmagomedov has his own affairs to be concerned about at the moment. The UFC lightweight champion is set to unify his belt with interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Look, I’m not gonna lie to y’all, I hated the idea of a GSP-Khabib fight when they first started throwing it out there. Now it’s in my top-5 fights I’d like to see happen. Here’s to hoping GSP is just blowing smoke about staying gone.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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