A lot has been made of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s early retirement. While many grieve that Khabib never got to square off against Tony Ferguson while he was in his prime but a whole other segment of the fanbase wishes Khabib had gotten a chance to test himself against his father’s favorite MMA pro – Georges St Pierre.
St Pierre was asked:
“Do you think you could beat a Conor or a Khabib today if you did go six months training and they did as well?”
To which he responded:
“What if I did the same? The motivation to do it? Yeah, I believe so.”
GSP reiterated that even though he believes he could do it he lacks motivation right now.
“Two months of my life getting… I don’t want to waste two months of my life doing this. I just don’t want to put me through the stress, through the, the the the the grind of doing this.”
Meanwhile Khabib Nurmagomedov wouldn’t even agree to grapple despite UFC making a ‘big money’ offer.
White recently tried to get the grappling phenom back for ‘something different’ and was once again unsuccessful.
“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.”
Meanwhile GSp is still open even to grappling.
“If it’s well-organized… if there’s some event that is well-organized, that is a novelty fight, something good, maybe, why not? I’m still in the entertainment world, I’m in great shape. I still train like a professional athlete. I still get it,” St-Pierre told James Lynch.
“Even some of the guys sometimes, they tell me, ‘Hey, are you preparing a comeback?’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m 40 years old. I’m done.’ I like to stay in there and keep my head in the game.”