By Josh Evanoff
– Could 15, 2023
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre was anticipating to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov.
‘Rush’ retired from the game in February 2019, over a yr after his profitable return in opposition to Michael Bisping. When St-Pierre introduced his retirement, he meant it. As of now, the Canadian hasn’t competed in years and has proven zero curiosity in doing something moreover an exhibition boxing match.
Nonetheless, that wasn’t at all times the case. For years following his retirement, the previous champion was linked to Khabib Nurmagomedov. ‘The Eagle’ had lengthy hoped for a possible dream combat in opposition to St-Pierre, and his staff believed the bout was going to occur.
In actual fact, they had been so positive, they notified Georges St-Pierre earlier than UFC 254 that the Russian would doubtless name him out. He recalled the occasions throughout a latest look on the Full Send Podcast. There, St-Pierre admitted that he was fairly excited in regards to the callout, including that he would’ve fought ‘The Eagle’.
Nonetheless, the callout by no means got here. Following a submission win over Justin Gaethje, the light-weight introduced his personal retirement. Contemplating Nurmagomedov’s full exit from MMA, together with coaching, one has to imagine a dream combat with St-Pierre is completely off the desk.
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Georges St-Pierre reveals deliberate Khabib Nurmagomedov callout
“Khabib at one level, I assumed it was the one combat I’d comeback for,” Georges St-Pierre acknowledged within the interview. “As much as his final combat when he fought Justin Gaethje I used to be a commentator, french broadcasts, I used to be doing broadcasts. I used to be in Montreal, it was in COVID… I used to be caught there, and I used to be doing the commentating.”
He continued, “Everyone, together with his entourage, informed me ‘Be prepared as a result of he’s going to name you out’, so I assumed I used to be popping out of retirement. I had butterflies, like ‘S*it’. Simply after I thought I used to be carried out, they pulled me proper again in… Then he received, took the mic, and retired. No one noticed that coming, even his personal individuals. They didn’t know that, I knew some individuals in his camp telling me that he was going to name me out.”
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