Dana White lied to Georges St-Pierre
“Rush” was recently a guest on the PBD Podcast to discuss his fight career, and during the appearance, the topic of the rumored fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov was mentioned. Prior to their respective retirements, both St-Pierre and Nurmagomedov wanted to test themselves against each other, however, the fight never came to fruition.
Of course, there was a time when Dana White was trying to make the fight happen. He apparently reached out to St-Pierre and said that Khabib had already agreed to the fight, and was looking for St-Pierre’s answer. When St-Pierre said he’d think about it, he later found out that Khabib hadn’t agreed to anything.
White had simply reached out to St-Pierre first to get a feel for where he was at about the potential fight. However, St-Pierre isn’t bothered by this, as he understands White is just doing his job, calling his former boss the best promoter of all time.
“It was all BS,” St-Pierre said. “Dana kind of lied to me. Khabib – they didn’t approach Khabib first, they approached me first to make it happen. Not I think (that Dana White lied) – I know that for a fact. Yeah 100 percent. It’s the game. That’s the nature of the game. It’s a promotion.”
Nurmagomedov decided to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) with an undefeated record of 29-0. He also walked away from the sport as the lightweight champion. St-Pierre similarly retired by vacating the UFC middleweight championship, already established as, arguably, the greatest welterweight of all time.
No comeback for St-Pierre
In regards to a potential comeback fight against Nurmagomedov down the road, should the opportunity present itself, St-Pierre says there’s no amount of money that would bring him back.
“No. I would not. Zero. There’s nothing that can – I don’t care how much, $100 million. I could have a credit card that I could use for the rest of my life. No, because nobody – and I’m going to tell you why. There’s no price for my health. And I’m not only talking about physical health.
“What took the most out of me during my active years of competition – it was the stress. I had a lot of stress. And I always told myself – because it becomes an addiction. You become addicted to this thing, it’s like a drug. Winning, especially winning a title, a fight, it’s crazy. I can’t describe how it makes you feel.
“It can become an addiction. That’s why you see a lot of these fighters, they retire way too late.”