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Report: UFC’s Georges St-Pierre to announce retirement after failed negotiations with Khabib Nurmagomedov



It appears that former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre is going to announce his retirement from MMA.






According to reports, Georges St-Pierre is set to officially hang up his gloves tomorrow. The former welterweight and middleweight UFC champion had apparently been angling for a 155-pound bout with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but that did not come to fruition. Ben Beaudoin of French-language station RDS, sister station of TSN in Canada, was the first to announce the news, which was translated by TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Twitter:
BREAKING: @BenBeaudoinRDS reports that Georges St-Pierre plans on announcing his retirement at a press conference tomorrow morning at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

This comes as a result of failed negotiations for a bout between him and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. https://t.co/d1cfHGIQvY
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 20, 2019
St-Pierre (26-2, 20-2 UFC) dominated the 170-pound division for a long period of time between 2006 and 2013, before relinquishing the belt and stepping away from the sport after a close win over Johny Hendricks. He returned at middleweight in 2017, defeating Michael Bisping for the 185-pound UFC belt. The weight gain took a toll on him though, and he was forced to give up that bout after suffering through a bout of ulcerative colitis.


Much had been said about another return for GSP, who declared himself to be “fully recovered” in December. He said that he only wanted legacy fights since he had nothing else to prove, and named Khabib and Conor McGregor among the people he might be interested in meeting since him and his coach Firas Zababi believed that he could make lightweight. UFC president Dana White wasn’t interested in that though, saying that GSP wasn’t getting a shot at another belt just so he could give it up once again. He also said that if GSP really did want Khabib, he needed to fight a lightweight contender first.



According to the reports, the retirement press conference will take place at 10:30am EST tomorrow at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
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Georges St-Pierre excited by Khabib Nurmagomedov offer, but UFC has other plans



MONTREAL – Georges St-Pierre tried to make a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov before he decided to retire from competition.
But alas, the UFC had other plans for the current lightweight champion, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) said today during a news conference where he announced his plan to hang up his gloves.


“It takes three people to make a fight – the two fighters and the organization,” the former welterweight and middleweight champ told reporters at Bell Centre in Montreal. “And it didn’t happen.


“I wish Khabib the best of luck. I’m a big fan. I think he’s the best fighter right now, and I look forward to seeing his next fight.”


Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) tried to get St-Pierre to reconsider Wednesday when he offered the ex-champ a fight at lightweight or a 160-pound catchweight. He named Montreal, New York, Moscow or Abu Dhabi as possible locations.


Although “excited” by the UFC champ’s message, St-Pierre had already made up his mind.


“For a fighter where I am in my career, the most exciting thing is also the scariest thing: to fight an opponent who seems invinceable,” he said. “And Khabib is that guy right now. That’s why I wanted to fight him. It was a fight that could elevate my legacy. … “Unfortunately, it takes two fighters and the organization to make the fight happen.”
Nurmagomedov currently is serving a nine-month suspension for inciting a brawl after his submission win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229. He has rejected a proposal to reduce his term by three months in exchange for filming an anti-bullying PSA and reportedly looked into a boxing match in Russia.


UFC President Dana White has named former interim champ Tony Ferguson as Nurmagomedov’s next possible opponent, though he’s also said a rematch with McGregor could happen this year.


In the absence of official news, other UFC lightweights are losing their patience. Top contenders Dustin Poirier and Al Iaquinta asked to be released from contract if they couldn’t get some sort of answer about their futures.


For St-Pierre, that kind of anger is in the rearview mirror. He used to imitate boxer Marvin Hagler by running in the snow and screaming “war” to preparefor fights. Now, he’s selective about his suffering.


Because of that, he said, his interests no longer align with the UFC.


“At the point where I am in my career, for me, it’s taking one fight at a time, instead of being there for several fights,” he said. “The way the business works, if they promote someone, they want to keep him there to have a guarantee that the guy is there. It’s like an investment, and I don’t have the same motivation as I used to. I’m not the same person I used to be back in the day.


“I used to want to go there and beat everybody. I didn’t care who and when – I wanted to destroy everybody to get on top. I don’t have the same anger, the same hunger anymore. Even though physically I feel I’m on top of my game, the anger is not the same.”


St-Pierre’s last fight was at UFC 217, where he returned from a four-year layoff to submit Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. He relinquished the belt one month later after a diagnosis of colitis. White shut down his efforts to face the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor at UFC 229 and cast doubt on his return. But in a press release today, the promotion paid tribute to St-Pierre’s accomplishments.
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