The UFC Legend Georges St-Pierre Plans To Retire From MMA, Khabib Nurmagomedov Tries To Hold Off Retirement
It looks like the former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is ready to hang his gloves for good.
The French-Canadian superstar will hold a press conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Thursday morning, where he’ll announce the end of his UFC career. According to the reports, it will start tomorrow at 10:30 PM eastern time. It is believed this decision comes after Khabib Nurmagomedov superfight negotiation failed to come to fruition.
BREAKING: @BenBeaudoinRDS reports that Georges St-Pierre plans on announcing his retirement at a press conference tomorrow morning at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
This comes as a result of failed negotiations for a bout between him and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. https://t.co/d1cfHGIQvY
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 20, 2019
Georges St-Pierre earlier said he was only interested in fighting big names that would contribute to his legacy. In August 2018, St-Pierre even showed his interest in meeting the winner of the Lightweight title match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
But Dana White was not interested in allowing Georges to take on winner of Khabib vs Mcgregor. According to the UFC president, GSP moved to 185-pound division to take on Michael Bisping and agreed to defend UFC Middleweight title but forfeit it later. White also said St-Pierre would meet Khabib only if he earns a win over one of the top five contenders in UFC Lightweight division.
Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) last fought against Michael Bisping at UFC 217, on November 4, 2017, where he captured a the middleweight title.
Before that, the all-time greatest Canadian MMA fighter hold a notable wins over the likes of–BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes (two times), Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks, Carlos Condit, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, and many others. His only losses came to Matt Serra at UFC 69, on April 7, 2007, and Matt Hughes at UFC 50, on October 22, 2004.
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) February 19, 2019
After acknowledging the news, UFC lightweight champion Khabib took to social media and encourages ‘GSP’ to delay retirement and meet him in November.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since he successfully defended his UFC lightweight title after defeating former UFC champ Conor McGregor in the main header of UFC 229 via fourth round submission last October. ‘Eagle’ is currently on sidelines after receiving a NSAC suspension for instigating a UFC 229 post fight brawl. His retroactive suspension could be reduced to six months if he take a anti-bullying PSA course but he recently turned down that offer and criticized Nevada state.
Do you think this superfight will ever happen?