“Khabib was very exciting for me because, for a fighter, a fighter doesn’t think like a normal person. A fighter always wants to fight a guy who seems invincible, a guy who seems like the perfect fighter, who is unbeatable. He has an aura of invincibility. So, that means if I do it I’ll be the first to have ever done it.”
St-Pierre explained that he wasn’t as interested in the money or championship belt that might come with it. He was just interested in doing something that hasn’t been done before.
“It’s not a question of money. Yeah, the money is there but it’s not a question of money first. It’s a question of glory, of self accomplishment, of making it in a way that you’ll be in history forever, for myself.”
St-Pierre tried to arrange a fight with Khabib shortly after Khabib’s victory over Conor Mcgregor at UFC 229. The UFC, however, had other plans for their Dagestani superstar.
St-Pierre is widely regarded as being the greatest welterweight mixed martial artist of all time. Following his loss to Matt Serra in 2006 he dominated the UFC’s welterweight division for six years. During that time, won twelve straight fights defended the the UFC welterweight belt nine times before vacating the title in 2013.
St-Pierre returned to the UFC in 2017 to face UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217. He would go on to defeat Bisping via submission to become the organization’s fourth multi-division champion.
Many have speculated on whether St-Pierre will return to the octagon since walking away after his win over Bisping. St-Pierre has stated his desire to fight Khabib numerous times over the past year and a half. Only time will tell if this mega-fight ever materializes. If the fight does happen it will need to be soon because age is starting to become a factor for the 39-year-old superstar.