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Khabib turned down Georges St-Pierre fight: ‘I think Georges is finished’

Khabib Nurmagomedov sees zero appeal in a super-fight with fellow former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre at this stage of their lives.

Russian mixed martial artist and UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives in Makhachkala after fight with Justin Gaethje Photo by Press Office of the Head of the \TASS via Getty Images

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre isn’t as appetizing to “The Eagle” as it is to eagle-eyed fans.

Nurmagomedov (29-0) revealed that St-Pierre (26-2) expressed serious interest in a “super” fight between the two former Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) champions. While “GSP” may have been up for the challenge, Nurmagomedov had no interest.

“He [manager Ali Abdelaziz] 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.

“I’m only 32 years old,” Nurmagomedov continued. “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.”

Nurmagomedov retired from professional mixed martial arts (MMA) following a second-round technical submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Oct. 10, 2020, to defend the UFC Lightweight title. St-Pierre has not fought since dethroning Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight belt at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017.

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