“The Risk Is Not Worth It”- Georges St-Pierre on Why He Wanted a Fight With Khabib Nurmagomedov but Not Kamaru Usman

Published 09/05/2021, 1:19 PM EDT


Arguably the greatest welterweight of all time, Georges St-Pierre is a legend of the sport. During his reign as champion, the Quebec native defended the strap nine times; the third-highest in UFC history after Demetrious Johnson and Anderson Silva.

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Furthermore, Georges St-Pierre returned to the octagon, after a four-year hiatus, for a title fight against the middleweight champion at the time Michael Bisping, to become a two-division champion.

Soon after, the fans began calling for a super fight between the former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre. A matchup between the two would have undoubtedly been one of the biggest fights in MMA history. However, the UFC had unique plans for ‘The Eagle’. And now a fight between these two legends is off the table, forever.

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Interestingly, since the fight between Khabib and Georges St-Pierre never materialized, the fans brought up the possibility of a showdown with the reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

However, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Georges St-Pierre explained why he was up for a fight with Nurmagomedov but not Kamaru Usman with the following statement.

“We were talking about it to the UFC and I know Khabib wanted that fight. I wanted that fight, but the UFC had other plans, so it did not materialize. Usman, on the other hand, he’s an amazing fighter, and he’s building up his legacy, but for me, the risk is not worth it. The most exciting thing to do for a fighter sometimes is the scariest. Khabib, because in terms of legacy, was the guy to beat.”  

Considering his body of work in MMA, GSP has nothing left to prove inside the octagon. Regardless, GSP still continues to train and progress as a martial artist and plans to do so till the very end.

Will we ever see Georges St-Pierre in a boxing match?

With a steep rise in the number of celebrity boxing events going around today, it seems like Georges St-Pierre wasn’t averse to compete in one of them.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

In fact, according to GSP himself, boxing and entertainment promotion, Triller had reached out to him for a boxing match with Oscar De La Hoya. However, UFC president Dana White, who still has GSP under contract, was quick to refuse the proposition.

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While this might be the case, it seems like GSP is interested in boxing a big name at some point. Perhaps once he is out of his UFC contract, we will see the legend compete in a boxing match.

What do you think? Will we ever see GSP in a boxing match? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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