Ah, Georges St-Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the dream fight that got away. While the fight will never happen, GSP believes if he was motivated, he could have handed the undefeated fighter his first loss. And Conor McGregor too.
GSP vs. Khabib
In a recent interview with the PBD Podcast, GSP spoke about the dream fight between him and Nurmagomedov.
“If I had the motivation to do it? Yeah, I believe [I could defeat Khabib]. If I had the motivation, I could do it. But I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to have the heart. I don’t have the motivation,” St-Pierre said. “It’s not about the fight. It is, I don’t want to take two months of my life- I don’t want to waste two months of my life doing this. I just don’t want to put myself through the stress, through the grind of [fighting.]”
GSP was infamous for his long and very thought-out training camps. He would bring in the best of the best to get him and his body ready. That time of his life is over, and it seems like he is happy.
Opinion on fighter pay
When asked about fighter pay and his thoughts on it, he said that he is disappointed that the fighters don’t get pay-per-view points like he once did.
“The thing that people don’t know is…the way my contract was, it had show purse, a winning person but also when I used to fight back in the day, I had a percentage of the pay per view buys. It was part of my contract, St-Pierre said. “Nowadays, I think it’s different because the UFC, I think gave that right to ESPN and I don’t know for how long it is. So for the fighters, it’s sad because a lot of them don’t have as much power. I think because of the infrastructure the fighters had more power.”
“I’m very lucky to be to have been competing during that era of time. You know, Conor McGregor is obviously the one that I think made the biggest earning in the sport because he touched the PPV. I don’t have this statistics in front of me, but I know like, Ronda Rousey is there too. She was amazing. She made great for herself in terms of gain. I think Brock Lesnar is there, Khabib. I’m just very fortunate to have competed during that era of time. If I would have done it during Royce Gracie and Mark Coleman, it would have been terrible. They were underpaid, like so bad. Now the problem is that they have power but they don’t have as much power as we used to have when we could touch the piece of the pie. You know what I mean? Some fighter do, but I don’t think they have as much leverage in negotiation. It’s kind of sad.”
It was a different era when GSP fought, and he was one of the last true PPV stars. The Canadian star is more about the fighters having power than anything, and day by day, it seems like there is less and less of that.