‘I’m Finished’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Recently Turned Down Dana White’s Offer To Fight Georges St-Pierre

Published 07/13/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 12: Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks during a UFC 242 Press Conference at Hotel Cafe Royal on June 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov recently sat down for an interview with MMAJunkie. He discussed many things including last weekend’s fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in his former division. ‘The Eagle’ was also asked about a potential fight between him and fellow legend Georges St-Pierre.

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Nurmagomedov is currently retired from the sport of MMA and the UFC. However, many had tipped him for a comeback to persuade his dream record of 30-0. A fight against ‘Rush’ would have provided him with the perfect opportunity to get to that number. Nurmagomedov’s late father, Abdulmanap had previously mentioned this as a fight he would like to see his son have.

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Like, he asked me, he sent me a message and say, Hey, Georges St-Pierre wanna fight with you. I say what can I do? is like, I don’t know, like, I’m finished. No, I think George is finished, you know, let this guy be legit. You know, because he’s 40 years old. And I don’t understand why he have to fight. I think he have managed to, like, I’m finished. I really finish like, people. A lot of people don’t understand this,” said the Dagestani reaffirming his retirement decision.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia battles Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He also added that he recently discussed with Daniel Cormier if he would ever return to the Octagon. DC was in praise of Khabib’s performance against both halves of the UFC 264 main event. Cormier believes the Russian made it look easy against two of the very best fighters in the world.

Did Khabib Nurmagomedov retire too early?

Many experts and fans believe the undefeated Dagestani was still peaking in his career. They also imply that the best of him inside the Octagon was yet to come. This is a scary proposition, especially considering the fact that he was totally dominant during his reign in the organization.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But, ‘The Eagle‘ believes he has done his bit in the sport. Also, he wants to spend more time with his family under current circumstances. So, his decision to ride off to the sunset is somewhat justifiable.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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