‘We tried everything’: Georges St-Pierre reveals the UFC blocked bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2018 as he plays down chances of a return to the octagon to face him
- Georges St-Pierre was one of UFC’s biggest names over the past decade
- He was due to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, but the bout was blocked
- A possible bout next year has been mooted, but St-Pierre has played that down
St-Pierre, who has retired from the Octagon, went down in UFC folklore by running up 10 consecutive defences of his welterweight title between 2008 and 2013.
After beating Michael Bisping in 2017, talk of facing Khabib grew, but the 39-year-old has revealed how those plans were quashed.
Georges St-Pierre has revealed the UFC denied him a Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in 2018
‘Two years ago before I retired we tried to make that fight happen, and we tried everything,’ he told The Sun.
‘Khabib was interested, I was interested but the UFC was not and said clearly that they had other plans for Khabib and it was two years ago.
‘In business when you make an offer and the person refuses you move on. I didn’t put my life on pause, I had other projects and I couldn’t do that. I had to keep working and keep living my life.’
Khabib will return to action in the octagon in October when he faces Justin Gaethje
Talk has grown that a fight between the pair could become a reality, with Khabib stating a fight with St-Pierre was one of his late father’s wishes.
However, the Canadian has moved to pour cold water on those suggestions.
‘I have doubts and I haven’t received any offers. And I don’t think for the UFC it’s in their best interest for me to go fight,’ he added.
‘I think they would like to keep the ball rolling inside the organisation because they know if I fight it would be my last one.
‘They would probably prefer to have a guy like Conor McGregor or another guy who’s an active fighter fighting Khabib if Khabib wins against Justin Gaethje.’
St-Pierre (left) has retired and has played down the chance of him returning to the octagon