Khabib Nurmagomedov was offered a superfight against Georges St-Pierre but he turned it down.
When Nurmagomedov was the UFC’s lightweight champ he made it clear he wanted to fight St-Pierre in a legacy fight. St-Pierre also admitted he wanted the bout, but for whatever reason, Dana White and the UFC didn’t want to make that fight. Now, however, “The Eagle” reveals he was offered a fight against GSP but he turned it down.
“He sent me a message and said, ‘Hey, Georges St-Pierre wants to fight with you,’” Nurmagomedov told MMA Junkie on Monday. “I said, ‘What can I do?’ I don’t know. I’m finished, you know? I think Georges is finished, too, you know. Let this guy be a legend. He’s 40 years old and I don’t understand why he has to fight. I think he has money, too. I’m finished. I’m really finished.”
What weight class the fight would’ve been at is uncertain. Perhaps they would’ve done a catchweight or Nurmagomedov could’ve moved up to welterweight for the superfight that would add to the winner’s legacy. Yet, Nurmagomedov has made it clear he is done from MMA and he knows he will continue to be asked about a return for the next several years.
“I’m only 32-years-old,” Nurmagomedov said. “People are going to talk about this (for) maybe the next seven (or) eight years. Because for MMA, a lot of guys on the top are 37, 38, 39. They’re still on the top. People are going to talk about this until that day comes I think.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from MMA with a record of 29-0. His father’s plan was for him to walk away from the sport at 30-0, but after his father passed away he said he couldn’t continue anymore. He last fought back at UFC 254 in October where he submitted Justin Gaethje.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime