UFC legend Georges St-Pierre won’t rule out comeback clash with lightweight ruler Khabib Nurmagomedov but admits ‘scary’ fight is unlikely due to his weight
- UFC legend Georges St-Pierre refuses to rule out stunning octagon comeback
- St-Pierre says he’d only return to meet lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Canadian says meeting Nurmagomedov would be ‘the scariest thing to do’
- But GSP says questions over what weight they’d meet at could scupper fight
Georges St-Pierre has refused to rule out a dramatic UFC return, but insists it would only be for a ‘scary’ fight with undefeated lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre quit UFC shortly after his 2017 middleweight victory over Michael Bisping, but there have been hopes the 39-year-old Canadian warrior could be tempted back out of retirement.
UFC legend GSP admits fighting Khabib would be ‘exciting’ and also ‘the scariest thing to do’ but warned that questions over what weight they’d meet at could scupper a possible showdown.
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre (left) has hinted at a comeback to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov
Undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov has said he is eager to meet Georges St-Pierre
St-Pierre was looking to fight Khabib last year, but UFC president Dana White was unsure whether to give him a shot at the lightweight title after vacating the middleweight crown.
However, White has since changed his tune and said if Khabib wants the fight then he will give it the green light – although St-Pierre now admits he has ‘mixed feelings’.
‘If I ever come back, I’m not coming back for many fights,’ St-Pierre told ESPN.
‘If I come back, it would be for one fight. And I need to take, for me, the biggest fish. And the one, for me, I believe – the top guy right now, the name is Khabib.
‘As a fighter, the most exciting thing is to take the guy who seems invincible, unbeatable. But it’s also the scariest thing to do.’
Undefeated Russian Khabib puts his lightweight belt on the line against Justin Gaethje in the October 24 UFC headliner on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
St-Pierre admits a showdown with Nurmagomedov would be ”the scariest thing to do’
His last dust-up was more than a year ago when he unified the lightweight division by beating Dustin Poirier in September.
But the 32-year-old has revealed his own desire for a showdown with icon St-Pierre before his own retirement – if he sees off American Gaethje this month.
St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, is unsure whether it will actually ever happen, though, due to questions over what weight they would face each other at, insisting a lightweight clash would put him at a disadvantage.
Khabib battles at 155lbs while St-Pierre is a seasoned 170lb-campaigner and GSP added: ‘Time has passed by. I haven’t cut weight in a long time.
American Justin Gaethje (left) challenges Khabib for his lightweight belt at UFC 254 this month
‘I think Khabib wants to make that fight at 155. I never fought I 155. I can surely do 155 because I am not a big welterweight, but the problem is I have never been there, so maybe my performance could be compromised.
‘One of the principles of the art of war is to know the terrain. He knows the terrain. He fought at 155 his whole career. I do not. We need to find a place we could both not knowing the terrain.’
GSP added: ‘The chances are very low. I highly, highly doubt it. It’s not because of Khabib.
‘I believe it’s because of the UFC. We tried two years ago. Two years ago, we were very flexible. We tried everything. And it didn’t work two years ago. I don’t see why it will work now.’
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