The former two-division UFC champion Georges St Pierre said on Friday that his agreement with UFC has reached its expiry date and is therefore over.
At the ceremonial weigh-ins for Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, St-Pierre spoke to Dan Segura and confirmed about the most recent development in his professional life.
“I don’t know the exact date, but I’m glad I’m free. I can do whatever I want. But my days of trying to prove I’m the strongest guy in the world are gone, you know what I mean?”
“My heart is not there anymore to do this. I just enjoy being here as a promoter. I’m healthy, which is the most important, wealthy and I don’t need to do it, I do it because I love it.”
Since defeating Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight championship in 2017, St-Pierre hasn’t been professionally active. St-Pierre claims he has no interest in competing at the highest level, but he is open to lower-level opponents.
“I could do something, but it needs to be something well organized, and maybe something where the risks of injury are to the minimum, not something that’s too crazy because my days of competing are over.”
“If I do it, I will do it well and train my ass off. You never say never, but it needs to be in the right timing. We’ll see.”
There were previously rumblings about a grappling match between him and Khabib Nurmagomedov but Nurmagomedov nixed the opportunity despite the lucrative deal UFC was offering.
“Khabib’s retired. I just reached out to him recently to see if he’s interested in something and he’s like, ‘I’m retired, brother. I’m done.’ I don’t think Khabib ever comes back,” White told the Jim Rome Show.
“It was something different. I was trying to get him to do a grappling match. He’s like, ‘I’m done, I’m retired.’ I think that when his father passed away, that was a wrap for him. He’s just focused on training other guys and helping them become world champions.”
Eagle FC president Shamil Zavurov said there’s a high possibility for a grappling showdown between the former UFC champions back in February.
“I think that nothing prevents this fight from being held in Miami. Khabib is always in shape. I follow Saint-Pierre on Instagram and I see that he is always in shape, training. Khabib is such a sports fan that he keeps himself in shape all the time. Nothing prevents a fight between them. It would be interesting. It would be possible to organize this fight at one of the EFC tournaments in the USA,”
Nurmagomedov was quick to dismiss the rumors coming from his own camp.
“I don’t see the point of it. You can, of course, add fuel to the fire. Say something… But I don’t want to. I don’t want to promote this topic. “Oh I could return in Eagle FC” – I don’t want to make it. I want to make publicity for the league in another format. I don’t think that i’ll return, (to) wrestle with someone.”