Khabib Nurmagomedov confirms having declined Georges St-Pierre’s offer to fight – .

Khabib Nurmagomedov confirms having declined Georges St-Pierre’s offer to fight – .

LAS VEGAS – Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired. He said it over and over again. However, UFC president Dana White’s persistence in persuading the former lightweight champion to retire continued until the summer of 2021.
During a May appearance on Mike Tyson’s podcast, Nurmagomedov manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed that White recently put on the table a highly publicized and lucrative offer to fight Georges St-Pierre. Despite the zeros on the contract, Nurmagomedov (29-0) refused it.

“He texted me and said, ‘Hey, Georges St-Pierre wants to fight with you,’” Nurmagomedov told MMA Junkie on Monday. “I said, ‘What can I do?’ I do not know. I’m done, you know? I think Georges is finished too, you know. Let this guy be a legend. He is 40 years old and I don’t understand why he has to fight. I think he has money too. I’m done. I am really done.

At this point Nurmagomedov, who retired to the cage in October after winning his 29th consecutive fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, is used to answering questions back. Not only that, he has prepared for the same for years to come.

“I’m only 32,” Nurmagomedov said. “People are going to talk about it (for) maybe the next seven (or) eight years. Because for MMA a lot of the top guys are 37, 38, 39. They are always at the top. People will talk about it until that day comes, I think.

Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre (26-2) have expressed interest in fighting in the past. Ahead of his record-breaking 29-0 win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 last October, Nurmagomedov abandoned St-Pierre as the ideal opponent for his 30th (and then considered the last) fight.

After Nurmagomedov retired, St-Pierre deflected the question of whether he would have accepted the fight if he had been offered and whether Nurmagomedov had not announced his retirement inside the cage.

St-Pierre, 40, hasn’t competed since a single comeback fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017. The fight was St-Pierre’s first in four years.

Check out MMA Junkie’s interview with Khabib Nurmagomedov above.


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