For the longest time, former Final Combating Championship (UFC) Welterweight and Middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, was making an attempt his hardest to lock down a struggle in opposition to present Light-weight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
However after his makes an attempt fell on deaf ears, “Rush” opted to retire from combined martial arts (MMA) as soon as and for all. So what was so intriguing about dealing with “The Eagle,” apart from one other huge payday? For St-Pierre, it was about making an attempt to make historical past by changing into the primary man to ever defeat the “good” preventing machine out of Dagestan.
“Khabib was very thrilling for me as a result of, for a fighter, a fighter doesn’t suppose like a traditional particular person,” St-Pierre stated whereas talking on the MMA TRUFAN podcast (by way of BJPenn.com).
“A fighter all the time needs to struggle a man who appears invincible, a man who looks like the proper fighter, who’s unbeatable. He has an aura of invincibility. So, which means if I do it I’ll be the primary to have ever carried out it. It’s not a query of cash.
“Yeah, the cash is there but it surely’s not a query of cash first,” he continued. “It’s a query of glory, of self accomplishment, of constructing it in a approach that you simply’ll be in historical past eternally, for myself.”
When one of many high pound-for-pound greatest fighters of all time offers you that sort of reward, you realize you might be doing one thing proper. And Nurmagomedov has been doing it his complete profession. He has gone 28-Zero as knowledgeable (12-Zero for UFC), and hasn’t actually been in an entire lot of bother contained in the Octagon apart from his robust bout in opposition to Gleison Tibau at UFC 148.
Whereas a struggle between the 2 males would have been a field workplace bonanza, St-Pierre drew the ire of UFC President Dana White after he left him high-and-dry following his championship win over Michael Bisping.
And although White did type of change his tune a couple of months later, talks by no means really happened concerning the potential title struggle. For now, “Rush” is happily-retired and Nurmagomedov continues to be sitting on high of the 155-pound mountain.
He was set to defend his strap in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, 2020, however Khabib is at present taking time to mourn the passing of his father. And whereas there are some near him who say he will return in 2020, others aren’t too certain he’ll struggle once more this 12 months.