Khabib Nurmagomedov Urges GSP to Postpone Retirement for November Fight

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 20, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t ready to see Georges St. Pierre call it a career.

The reigning UFC lightweight champion reacted swiftly to reports that St. Pierre will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday in Montreal, urging the pound-for-pound great to postpone his decision until later this year.

“Let’s do it in November. After this fight you can retire,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. “I grow up on your fights, and have nothing but respect for you, and I believe I showed that to you George when you were in Moscow.

“But it would be honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time. Let’s do it [at 155 pounds], or I give away [five pounds] to you, cause [you’ve never done 155]. Well, it’s your choice 155 or 160, Montreal, NYC, Moscow or Abu Dhabi. Send me location my friend.”

St. Pierre’s decision to retire reportedly came about after negotiations for a potential bout vs. Nurmagomedov failed. “The Eagle” initially expressed interest in a fight against GSP after claiming the lightweight title at UFC 223 last April.


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