Khabib Nurmagomedov made a last ditch to lure Georges St-Pierre to a super fight this November to no avail as the French-Canadian legend has decided to call it a career.
GSP, considered by many as one of the MMA GOATs, announced his retirement at a press conference on Thursday, capping his illustrious 15-year MMA career with 26 wins and two losses while holding the best record in UFC history for most wins in title bouts and the second longest combined title streak.
With Khabib seeing his dream fight vanishing into thin air, the undefeated lightweight champion paid tribute to St-Pierre following his retirement, calling the former two-division champ a “legend” and “one of the best” to ever do it.
End Of An Era
French-Canadian fighter Georges St-Pierre has decided to hang up his four-ounce gloves for good, announcing his official retirement at a press conference at Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday.
A former welterweight and middleweight titlist, St-Pierre last saw actions at UFC 217, defeating Michael Bisping for the 185-pound championship in his much-awaited return from a four-year hiatus. “Rush” then vacated the middleweight throne after being diagnosed with an inflammatory disease affecting the large bowel called ulcerative colitis.
“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.”
“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years,” he stated.
The 37-year old legend holds notable victories against Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, and many others.
“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practising martial arts for as long as I live, and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”
The MMA community showed their love for the 37-year-old fighter following the news of his retirement. Messages of support and gratitude for St-Pierre flooded the social media, with fans and pros alike thanking him for his massive contribution in the sport.
One of the biggest figures to paid tribute to GSP was UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Eagle” said GSP’s decision to call it quits was right and offered to host him if he visits Russia.
Check out Khabib’s tribute to St-Pierre in the post below:
“Now look at this video and you’ll understand why I wanted to fight with him, simply he’s one of the best оf all times. I just wanted to share cage with him while he’s active, that’s the history and people be watching it again and again, I want to fight with the best. Anyway, good luck to you Legend @georgesstpierre time is merciless, and your decision is right. And don’t forget, when you’re in Russia next time, I’ll introduce you with Dagestan cuisine, you don’t need to cut weight anymore.”
St-Pierre has expressed his interest in locking horns with Nurmagomedov but claimed that the “UFC has other plans.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre)