UFC icon Georges St-Pierre reveals he would have come out of retirement to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC icon Georges St-Pierre reveals he would have come out of retirement to face Khabib Nurmagomedov – but insists he would now say ‘hell no’ because Russian is the ‘scariest’ fighter for pound
- Georges St-Pierre insisted that he would say ‘hell no’ to Khabib Nurmagomedov
- UFC icon revealed he would have come out of retirement to face him at once
- St-Pierre is widely regarded as one of the best ever fighters in UFC history
- Nurmagomedov is also retired and will leave the sport as a lightweight champion in 2020
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has revealed he once retired from a blockbuster hit with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former two-weight world champion retired from the UFC in 2017 after submitting Michael Bisping to claim the middleweight title, confirming his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in the organization’s history.
St-Pierre has been relentlessly linked with a return to the octagon since he left the sport more than three years ago, with superstars like Conor McGregor, a name often mentioned.
Georges St-Pierre (left) has revealed there was a time when he would have come out of retirement to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (right)
However, St-Pierre has now revealed that he could have been tempted to return if he had the chance to take on McGregor’s rival Nurmagomedov, who himself is now retired after running as undefeated lightweight champion last year at the UFC.
Speaking of the Russian Joe Rogan’s podcast, Said St-Pierre: ‘To me Khabib is one of the scariest because he hits you, he not only hits you but he breaks you mentally and for me that’s the scariest and he’s the scariest man pound for pound.
“I would have come back for him.”
St-Pierre retired in 2013, but returned for a final fight to defeat Briton Michael Bisping
St-Pierre said he wouldn’t want to fight Khabib right now, calling him the ‘scariest’ man in the UFC
The 39-year-old has been training in the gym again in recent months with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach, but admitted that he would now avoid every possible future fight with Nurmagomedov while stifling hopes of a fresh return.
“It’s over now,” he added. ‘If Khabib wants me to fight, he has to hide while I’m training.
‘I was in the gym hitting the pads with Freddie Roach and I hadn’t done it in such a long time because Covid and everything in Montreal were closed, but I got my mechanic back and Freddie looked at me and said,’ Georges, you I’ve got the itch back “and I thought,” Ahh, stop saying that! “.
If Dana White walked into the gym between rounds now, I would sign the contract in an instant, but then if I go back to Montreal to my house, in my comfort, and I’d be like, ‘damn no!’. ‘
The 39-year-old (left) recently trained at the gym with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach (center of photo with Tony Ferguson right), but ruled out a UFC return.
St-Pierre initially retired as a Welterweight Champion in 2013, having set the record for the most title fight wins and the second longest combined title series in UFC history (2,204 days), before joining four years later made his comeback to defeat Bisping.
However, the chances of him returning seems to be off the map, with Nurmagomedov also vowing to remain in retirement, despite UFC president White believing there is ‘still a chance’ that he can make a comeback.
Nurmagomedov’s arch-rival McGregor, meanwhile, offers to risk his claim as a legitimate contender for the lightweight crown when he takes on Dustin Poirier in a rematch in July after losing to him earlier this year.