Georges St-Pierre to Announce Retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants to Fight St-Pierre in November

One of the greatest to ever step foot in the octagon is planning on announcing his retirement from the sport on Thursday. Georges St-Pierre will hold a news conference in Montreal Thursday morning according to RDS, a French-language sports network in Quebec.

The 37-year-old former two-division champion was hoping to fight undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year, but with a deal not getting done, GSP deciding to step away from the sport instead.

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Soon after the news broke about St-Pierre retiring, Nurmagomedov posting on his social media that he would like to fight St-Pierre when he returns to the octagon in November.

St. Pierre spoke with ESPN about Nurmagomedov’s post saying, “I saw what Khabib wrote and I appreciate it very much. Unfortunately, these decisions aren’t up to us. I will address everything at the press conference tomorrow.”

St-Pierre (26-2) became just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two different weight classes when he last fought at UFC 217 when he beat Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title. Before that win, he had defended the welterweight title nine times.

St-Pierre has never fought at the 155 weight class where Nurmagomedov currently fights, but the lightweight champs says he would fight St-Pierre at a catchweight at 160. If St-Pierre could make the weight cut down to 155 lbs and defeated Nurmagmoedov, he would become the first fighter in UFC history to win a belt in three different weight classes.

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If St-Pierre were to get a title shot, he would leap over fighters who are all vying for a crack at the title like #1 Tony Fergunson who has won eleven fights in a row. There’s also former lightweight champion #2 Conor McGregor, #3 Dustin Poirier who is 4-0-1 in his last five fights and #4 Al Iaquinta who has won six of his last seven, with his lone loss being on a day’s notice to Nurmagomedov in which he lost via decision.

Both Poirier and Iaquinta went to their social media, upset with Nurmagomedov wanting to put his title up against St-Pierre instead of them.

Expect more details to come out after St-Pierre’s press conference. As of now, it appears the UFC is losing not only one of the most well-known athletes in the history of the organization but one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen.

 

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Greg LaFountain is from a small town in upstate New York called Peru. After graduating high school, Greg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country for four years. After the Marines, Greg went to Pensacola State College where he got his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He then moved to Tampa and enrolled at the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. Since graduating from USF, Greg interned with Bucs Blitz, covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Greg joined Genesis in the fall of 2016, covering Florida State Football, the NFL and the UFC.