‘I Never Asked for the Fight of Khabib Nurmagomedov’- Georges St-Pierre Reveals How He Caught Dana White’s Bluff

Published 08/19/2021, 10:54 AM EDT


MMA icon Georges St-Pierre sat down with Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of ‘The MMA Hour’. The Canadian two-division champion is always an in-demand interview despite the fight that he’s no longer an active fighter. He had some fascinating insights about the fight game and also pulled back the curtains on a major move made by Dana White.

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It’s well known that the latter half of 2020 was spent with the UFC trying to get Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement. It seems as though ‘GSP’ was used as a pawn in that game, per his recent revelations. St-Pierre detailed how a fight with him and Nurmagomedov was almost on the cards but ultimately fell out.

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“He asked me if I wanted to fight Khabib and I told Dana that’s very strange why you didn’t want to do the fight when we asked you few years ago? He said because Khabib was not retired and he was not the same guy that he was, now it all makes sense.’

“I didn’t want to but I was curious to see what would have happened, so I said to him ‘I’m going to think about it’ and I wait’. Turns out that shortly after…people saying that ‘Oh, he doesn’t want to fight me because I asked for the fight with Khabib’.”

“I never asked for the fight of Khabib. It’s Dana White that probably went to Ali Abdelaziz  and tell them Georges want to fight Khabib.”

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St-Pierre continued on to say that White deliberately played around with certain details while trying to negotiate with Khabib Nurmagomedov. ‘Rush’ described the ‘strategy’ as a way to ultimately stop him from fighting Oscar De La Hoya.

NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 27: UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre (L) battles Dan Hardy (R) during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. St-Pierre won by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of the 5th round. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)

“The strategy behind it cause that’s what I thought was happening- Dana White had a lot of heat for not letting me fight [De La Hoya] from the media, so he asked me to fight Khabib cause he was expecting a negative answer from me.”

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“So, he would have had a good argument saying to the media saying ‘Georges refused to fight for us so I’m not going to let him fight for someone else.'”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks to UFC president Dana White during the UFC 229 Press Conference inside The Park Theater at Park MGM on October 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

If Georges St-Pierre is to be believed, ultimately, Dana White came out on top. As it stands, St-Pierre is no closer to boxing De La Hoya than he was before getting into talks with Nurmagomedov. However, in the process, it was made to seem like St-Pierre was gunning for ‘The Eagle’ all along.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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