GSP ditches super fight return plans against Khabib Nurmagomedov
It could be the biggest super fight in years, but GSP doesn’t seem interested in returning against Khabib Nurmagomedov again.
Recently former two-time UFC champion Georges St-Pierre spoke out about a potential return. While hesitant not not completely interested in returning, one fight that could make him reconsider was a super fight with undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
However in an interview with TSN, in conjunction with him cornering Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Newark, GSP no longer seems to have the desire to step into the cage again.
“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.”
GSP however felt the need to clarify that him not returning to face Nurmagomedov doesn’t have anything to do with his athletic ability, but rather with him having lost the desire to do so.
“It’s not because I can’t, it’s because I don’t want,” St-Pierre continued. “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, fuck that.’ So it’s a mixed up feeling for me now.”
Nurmagomedov is slated to face Dustin Poirier in a UFC lightweight unification bout on September 7th. As of now the undefeated Dagestani hasn’t really been tested or gone through adversity in his fights.
The last time St-Pierre fought was when he defeated Michael Bisping via submission. That victory earned St-Pierre his third UFC title, and the first in the middleweight division. He was a two-time welterweight champion, who’s longest reign was between 2007-2013.