The former two-divisional UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has admitted that a matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov could excite him enough to warrant another return to the octagon.
The thing with GSP is that his legacy is already set in stone. He doesn’t need to even think about fighting again and his spot amongst the greatest to ever do it would be solidified.
His UFC 217 return against Michael Bisping was a fitting end when you think about it. Three-and-a-half years out of the game and he returns at a heavier weight-class to win a world-title with a stunning submission finish.
Everyone who witnessed that stoppage in Madison Square Garden that night knew that they were looking at something special as Georges hoisted the middleweight belt above his head.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on his ESPN show St-Pierre explained where his motivation is at, as far as another return to competition is concerned.
“The motivation is not the same that it used to be. I don’t have the same motivation to go to the lineup again and to fight my way up to another title. I’m done with this. I’ve done it for so many years.
“You reach a point in your career where you want to do things different. That’s why this fight with Bisping was different because it was a superfight. For me, that’s what I look for.”
It’s understandable. For five years he ruled the promotion’s welterweight division and at 37-years-old, who can blame him if he isn’t too keen on slipping back into the rhythm of fighting regularly in a younger man’s game.
As for potential opponents for his possible return – if it does, in fact, happen – there’s one man right now who GSP feels would provide him with the excitement necessary, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The thing that excites me the most is when I could be the first to do something. When something cannot be done and people doubt me.
“He’s a great champion, and in terms of legacy, I can’t think of a better fighter right now who has a better legacy than Khabib.
“I’m already set. I have different companies that I’m involved with. Different real estate as well. In terms of money, I don’t need the money. I came out on top, healthy and wealthy, and want to keep it this way.
“The competitor inside of me wants me to return sometime. I want to return as a competitor but I need to listen to the logic as well. It needs to be worth it.”
Khabib vs. St-Pierre would not only be an incredibly interesting matchup from a stylistic perspective, but on top of that, you’d be pairing off one of the game’s biggest superstars in GSP with one of the newer crop’s most rapidly growing names.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena