Earlier today, news surfaced that former UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre plans to formally announce his retirement from MMA at a press conference in Montreal on Thursday morning. It is alleged that St-Pierre is retiring because his desired fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov could not be made a reality.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is urging him to reconsider.
“Let’s do it in November.
After this fight you can retire. I grow up on your fights, and have nothing but respect for you, and I believe showed that to you George when you were in Moscow.
But, it would be honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Let’s do it 155 lbs, or I give away 5lbs to you, cause you newer done 155.
Well, it’s your choice 155 or 160, Montreal, NYC, Moscow or Abu Dhabi.
Send me location my Friend” – Khabib Nurmagomedov on Instagram
Georges St-Pierre last fought in November of 2017, in the main event of UFC 217. On that night, he returned to the cage after a prolonged absence, defeating Michael Bisping to claim the UFC middleweight belt. St-Pierre vacated the middleweight title shortly thereafter.
His next most recent fight occurred all the way back in November of 2013, when he defended his well-guarded UFC welterweight belt with a split decision win over Johny Hendricks.
Over the course of his legendary career, Georges St-Pierre has bested stars like Bisping, Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck (twice), Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, BJ Penn (twice), Jon Fitch, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes (twice), Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Jay Hieron and Karo Parisyan. He is inarguably one of the best fighters of all time. He’s 26-2 overall.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, his desired opponent, last fought in October when he submitted Conor McGregor to defend the UFC lightweight strap. He’s a perfect 27-0 overall.
Do you think we’ll see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre fight before either man retires?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/20/2019.