Georges St-Pierre Exposes Dana White’s ‘Lies’ to Poach Him for ‘Big Money’ Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight

Published 05/10/2022, 8:26 AM EDT

UFC fans love to watch some big fights. The Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor fight is one such example. Similarly, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes’ fight was a huge deal. However, Dana White wanted Georges St-Pierre to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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‘GSP’ recently appeared on ‘Valuetainment Short Clips’ and spoke about how the fight was about to happen. However, the promotion did not really support the idea.

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He explained he had approached the UFC with the idea of fighting Nurmagomedov. Even ‘The Eagle’ was on board with it. However, the promotion wasn’t too enthusiastic about it as Nurmagomedov was an active fighter at that time.

He revealed that after he and Nurmagomedov both retired, Dana White asked him if he was interested in fighting the Russian.

He said, “But I thought it was strange because he never wanted to do it and now because he called me for that reason, I was like, I didn’t want to do it but I told Dana just to see what happened because I was curious. You know, it’s always a chess game when the promoter calls you. It’s so that’s the world where I live in. So I didn’t say no. I said ‘okay, let me think about it’.”

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“So I wait and I heard in the news that they and the way Dana talked to me, it was like Khabib already accepted but it wasn’t true. He was just going to fish with me, to fishing see how to make that fight happen. So they knew now that we are both retirees. So for them, it was an opportunity to make a big-money fight. …Dana kind of lied to me.”

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Both the fighters were dominant in their respective divisions. As reported by ‘Low Kick MMA‘, ‘The Eagle’ had previously praised GSP. He felt the Canadian fighter was well-rounded and someone who represented real mixed martial arts.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with fans during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at CSKA Arena on November 08, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov also revealed that ‘GSP‘ was his father’s favorite fighter. Thus, he learned a lot from observing the older fighter.

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While GSP versus Nurmagomedov did not happen, it would have attracted a lot of attention. Who do you think would have won the fight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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