Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre smiles when he thinks about a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. But it usually takes a few to tango, and he believes 1 social gathering doesn’t want to dance.
Speaking to BT Sport, St-Pierre called the chances of yet another return to the octagon “incredibly low” supplied the probable result of another title gain: retirement.
“It’s tempting, and I however prepare really hard,” he said. “Now, it is COVID, so it is unlawful to educate fight sporting activities below. I coach really hard, and I really feel I’m at my finest. But the fighter is generally the final 1 to discover out when your time is up. I don’t know.
“It usually takes three events to make a struggle: It requires a single opponent, a further opponent, and the corporation. And I really do not know if the business would want that. I operate absent with welterweight, I operate absent with the middleweight. They surely don’t want me to run absent with the light-weight. And I’m 39 years old. I really do not imagine I could go to 155 [pounds] with out my overall performance remaining compromised.”
Nurmagomedov, who up coming defends the belt in a title unifier reverse interim champ Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, has repeatedly called for a showdown with St-Pierre. The light-weight champ’s crew has discovered St-Pierre as an opponent that might seal his legacy as the undefeated and undisputed finest in MMA historical past. But from the commence, there have been roadblocks to evade. First and foremost, a promoter.
UFC President Dana White wasn’t thrilled when St-Pierre retired after capturing the middleweight belt from now-previous champ Michael Bisping, breaking a assure to protect the title when a case of colitis pressured the Quebecois’ hand. And so when Nurmagomedov pitched a superfight, the UFC government promptly shot it down.
Lately, White indicated he could be softening his stance on the problem. The dying of Nurmagomedov’s father appeared to stir some empathy in the struggle promoter, who stated he would give the champ as substantially time as necessary to recuperate from his loss. As it turned out, that was not lengthy. But as a tribute to Nurmagomedov, White mentioned he would entertain the notion of a fight with GSP.
St-Pierre might not have gotten that memo, or he might surmise the clear show of goodwill was not severe. But that is not the only roadblock to the fight, he reported. A slash to 155 pounds just could not be doable.
“Khabib is combating at 155, but I consider he’s heavier than me,” St-Pierre explained. “He walks close to at a heavier body weight. He’s more youthful than me, so he can fluctuate excess weight much better. I’ve in no way been a lover of cutting body weight, so I in no way did it. I signify, I misplaced excess weight, but I didn’t get rid of much bodyweight in comparison to most of the men. I’m frightened of the extended-time period penalties. And physically, I’m quite in good shape. I really do not have a good deal of h2o retention and body fat when I’m close to at my walking about body weight.”
St-Pierre believes Nurmagomedov walks all over at 185 pounds, while he’s under no circumstances been about 200 throughout his UFC job. He may be even leaner now that he ascribes to a eating plan that can help him counteract the outcomes of colitis, which he believes he might have beat by nourishment and life-style adjustments.
“I may go have one more exam to see if I still have colitis, due to the fact after you have it, you’re caught for daily life,” St-Pierre stated. “But I never come to feel any indications any far more. I’m medication totally free, and I really don’t require something.”
So maybe excess weight isn’t as big of a roadblock. Appropriate now, St-Pierre can occupy himself with a wide variety of projects, so he professes not to will need preventing. The notion of it helps make him smile. The truth of it brings a shrug.
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