GSP speculates on why UFC won't make superfight vs. Nurmagomedov
UFC Hall of Famer and welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre "MMA retired" in 2010, returned in 2017 to beat Michael Bisping for the middleweight belt, and promptly retired again. He says he's fully retired now, but has repeatedly discussed a potential return vs. lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, that door appears firmly shut, as Nurmagomedov says that fight would only happen at lightweight, and the UFC apparently won't make the fight.
In a recent interview with Robin Black for DAZN, GSP speculated on why the UFC won't book him vs. 'The Eagle'.
“I am retired,” began St-Pierre, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I retired because I didn’t want to go back and do the same thing over and over again. Taking a fight takes a lot out of me because I’m very proud so when I perform I have to do it the best I can and the result matters very much for me. So it takes a lot of stress on me. I didn’t want to take another training camp of two-three months - maybe six months with the whole building up with the promotion and everything - out of my life to fight another guy that I don’t have nothing to gain in terms of legacy. If I fight someone and I take six months of my life to focus on it . . . I would need that to be worth it to me. Not only money-wise but legacy wise and satisfaction wise. That’s why I wanted to fight Khabib because I could have lost big but at least I could have win big.
“If I ever come back, it’s not impossible but right now I don’t see nothing. The UFC refuse a fight with Khabib and I and there’s nothing that really excites me.”
“My agent explained it to me like, maybe he represents a significant investment for UFC. He reaches a different type of clientele, from the Middle East, the Muslim world idolizing him. He’s an icon. Imagine that they invest a lot of money to promote a big fight between Khabib and I and I win the fight. [Wipes hands and smiles]. I’m out. I’m not interested in signing a fight with Khabib and guarantee them that I want to go back and fight another contender.”
“It sucks but who knows, maybe it’s a good thing? The fighter is always the last person to think it’s time to retire. Maybe I would have gone back and got my ass kicked by Khabib. [Laughs]. I don’t think so. I’m confident, I believe I’m still the best in the world if I prepare but the reality is that I’m getting older - I’m getting smarter, I’m at that time that I don’t feel that physically I slow down but like I said, the fighter is the last person to know.”