In a new interview with BT Sport, retired UFC legend Georges St-Pierre discusses the possibility of coming back out of retirement to fight lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a blockbuster superfight.
“It’s tempting, and I still train hard,” GSP said. “Now, it’s COVID, so it’s illegal to train combat sports here. I train hard, and I feel I’m at my best. But the fighter is always the last one to find out when your time is up. I don’t know.
“It takes three parties to make a fight: It takes one opponent, another opponent, and the organization. And I don’t know if the organization would want that. I run away with welterweight, I run away with the middleweight. They surely don’t want me to run away with the lightweight. And I’m 39 years old. I don’t think I could go to 155 [pounds] without my performance being compromised.”
“Khabib is fighting at 155, but I believe he’s heavier than me,” St-Pierre continued. “He walks around at a heavier weight. He’s younger than me, so he can fluctuate weight better. I’ve never been a fan of cutting weight, so I never did it. I mean, I lost weight, but I didn’t lose much weight compared to most of the guys. I’m afraid of the long-term consequences. And physically, I’m very fit. I don’t have a lot of water retention and fat when I’m around at my walking around weight.”
St-Pierre also spoke briefly about his battle with Colitis, which appears to be in remission for the time being.
“I might go have another test to see if I still have colitis, because once you have it, you’re stuck for life. But I don’t feel any symptoms any more. I’m medication free, and I don’t need anything.”