Georges St-Pierre reacts after Khabib Nurmagomedov announces retirement

GSP, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Georges St-Pierre

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre tuned in to watch Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defend his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

The highly anticipated UFC lightweight title unification bout headlined today’s per-per-view fight card on Yas Island.

While many were expecting Khabib vs. Gaethje to result in one of the greatest fights of all-time, that simply was not the case. Instead, ‘The Eagle’ scored yet another dominant win today at UFC 254, putting Gaethje to sleep in the second round of their contest with a triangle choke.

Immediately following the win, many fans and analysts were curious to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov would proceed to callout Georges St-Pierre.

‘The Eagle’ had previously stated that if he emerged victorious against Gaethje, the only fight that would interest him was one with Georges St-Pierre.

Unfortunately for fight fans, Khabib did not end up calling out ‘GSP’ in his post-fight speech. Instead, the undefeated Russian announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts, citing a promise he made to his mother.

Shortly after Khabib’s shocking retirement announcement, MMA legend Georges St-Pierre spoke with ESPN where he shared his thoughts on Nurmagomedov’s decision.

“Maybe normally I would,” St-Pierre said when asked if he would request Khabib to stick around. “But, because of the circumstances, I would never dare to do that. I mean I am not in his shoes. He’s going through a tough time becuase his father pass away and he needs time to mourn. And so because I respect Khabib a lot, what we do is a sport. But this goes beyond sport to the human side and I just want to wish him and his family the best.”

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on October 24, 2020