Georges St-Pierre Explains Why Khabib Nurmagomedov Bout Would Have Been a “Legacy Fight”
By FCF Staff
It doesn’t appear like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre are going to end up fighting, but the latter continues to field questions about facing the UFC’s lightweight champ.
St-Pierre repeatedly expressed an interesting in fighting Nurmagomedov, and the undefeated fighter has also said he wants to battle the legendary fighter. But, UFC President Dana White repeatedly said the promotion is not interested in making that bout, since it wasn’t clear if St-Pierre would continue fighting. The former welterweight and middleweight champ has since retired.
Recently, however, GSP spoke with TSN, and while discussing why he wanted to fight Khabib, the Canadian star said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“A lot of people are attention seekers, they retire to come back and retire to come back,” St-Pierre said. “I’m not that type of guy. We tried to make that fight with Khabib and the UFC told us they had other plans. Khabib wanted the fight, I wanted the fight, but unfortunately it did not happen. That’s the reason why I retired…”
“If I want the legacy fight, Khabib is the man to beat right now. He’s the best fighter in the world right now to me. Undefeated and he hasn’t shown any kind of weakness. Nobody has ever come close to solving the puzzle, so that’s why it was very interesting for me.”
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight interim champ Dustin Poirier on September 7th.