Khabib Nurmagomedov confirms he declined Georges St-Pierre fight offer

LAS VEGAS – Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired. He’s stated it time and time once more. Nonetheless, UFC president Dana White’s persistence to steer the previous light-weight champion out of retirement has continued into the summer time of 2021.

In a Might look on Mike Tyson’s podcast, Nurmagomedov’s supervisor Ali Abdelaziz revealed White recently placed on the table an especially high-profile and profitable provide to battle Georges St-Pierre. Regardless of the zeroes on the contract, Nurmagomedov (29-0) turned it down.

“He despatched me a message and stated, ‘Hey, Georges St-Pierre needs to battle with you,’” Nurmagomedov informed MMA Junkie on Monday. “I stated, ‘What can I do?’ I don’t know. I’m completed, you already know? I believe Georges is completed, too, you already know. Let this man be a legend. He’s 40 years previous and I don’t perceive why he has to battle. I believe he has cash, too. I’m completed. I’m actually completed.”

At this level, Nurmagomedov, who retired in the cage in October after winning his 29th consecutive fight in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, is used to fielding the comeback questions. Not solely that, he’s ready himself for a similar for years to return.

“I’m solely 32 years previous,” Nurmagomedov stated. “Persons are going to speak about this (for) perhaps the subsequent seven (or) eight years. As a result of for MMA, lots of guys on the highest are 37, 38, 39. They’re nonetheless on the highest. Persons are going to speak about this till that day comes I believe.”

Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre (26-2) expressed curiosity in preventing each other up to now. Forward of his 29-0 record-clinching victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 final October, Nurmagomedov name-dropped St-Pierre as a really perfect opponent for his thirtieth (and then-thought to be closing) battle.

Following Nurmagomedov’s retirement, St-Pierre deflected questioning as as to if or not he would have accepted the battle had it been supplied and had Nurmagomedov not introduced his retirement contained in the cage.

St-Pierre, 40, has not competed since a one-off comeback fight in opposition to Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017. The battle was St-Pierre’s first in 4 years.

Take a look at MMA Junkie’s interview with Khabib Nurmagomedov above.


Khabib Nurmagomedov confirms he declined recent Georges St-Pierre fight offer: ‘Let this guy be a legend’


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