Georges St. Pierre unsure of Khabib fight, worries weight cut would compromise performance

August 28, 2020

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Georges St. Pierre unsure of Khabib fight, worries weight cut would compromise performance



The Lightweight champion seemingly wants to follow his father’s wishes and retire at a largely unprecedented 30-0. That leaves two bouts left for “The Eagle,” and one of those is firmly booked against interim kingpin Justin Gaethje. Assuming he survives the Gaethje car crash, Nurmagomedov has been vocally pursuing a final showdown with the legendary Georges St. Pierre. The super fight could even determine the GOAT!

With UFC finally on board, the bout was looking quite likely.

However, St. Pierre himself seems to have lost interest compared to a year ago. In an interview with BT Sport, St. Pierre expressed hesitancy for several reasons, questioning whether UFC really wanted to book the bout.

“I always train hard.” St. Pierre began (transcription via Fight Network). “I still get it. I feel I’m at my best, but, the fight is always the last one to find out when your time is up. And, I don’t know, it takes three parties to make a fight. It takes one opponent, another opponent, and takes the organization as well.

“I don’t know if the organization would want that. I ran away with the Welterweight [title]. I run away with the Middleweight [title]. They surely don’t want me to run away with Lightweight.”

In addition, St. Pierre questioned whether his body could handle its first-ever cut to Lightweight. “I’m 39 years old. I don’t think I could go 155 without my performance being compromised.”

While “GSP” never completely shuts the door on the bout, this is disheartening news for anyone hoping the fight materializes. If the “Rush” fight is truly off, who would you like to see Nurmagomedov face after Gaethje?

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