GSP: “Khabib is the Best Fighter on the Planet”

By Darren
GSP: “Khabib is the Best Fighter on the Planet”

Georges St. Pierre is 39-years-old. The former two-weight UFC champion is also happily retired. In short, he doesn’t feel like he has anything to prove to anybody. With just one fight in the past five years, it’s unlikely that the Canadian will step into the octagon as a competitor again.

However, there is one match-up that could lure him back. ‘Rush’ constantly finds his name linked to that of Khabib Nurmagamedov’s. Furthermore, the Russian champion admits that GSP is his dream opponent. Unfortunately, the UFC didn’t want to make that fight so it looks unlikely.

Now St. Pierre has spoken to BT Sport about the potential clash with the UFC lightweight champion. In sum, he says that there are a lot of obstacles but didn’t fully extinguish the fire. Check out his comments below.

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Training Hard

The Canadian trains out of the famous Tristar gym in Montreal. Despite retiring, he is still active in the gym and refuses to give up doing what he loves best. He admits that he still feels like he has more to give from a physical perspective at the very least. ‘Rush’ said:

“It’s tempting and I still train hard. Now it’s COVID, so of course, it’s different. It’s illegal to train combat sports here but I always train hard and I still get it. I feel I am at my best but the fighter is always the last one to find out when your time is up.”

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Obstacles

When asked about the potential Khabib fight, St. Pierre was coy. He says that it doesn’t come down to just him and Khabib wanting it. The UFC also needs to give its approval and that has been the biggest obstacle. However, in the promotion’s defense, St. Pierre did leave the middleweight division in chaos after his last comeback. Weight is also an issue. GSP said:

 “It takes three parties to make a fight. It takes one opponent, another opponent and it takes the organization, as well. I don’t know if the organization would want that. I run away with the welterweight, I run away with the middleweight and they assuredly don’t want me to run with the lightweight. I’m 39 years old and I don’t think I can go 155 without my performance being compromised.”

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The Best

Meanwhile, GSP is nothing but effusive in his praise about Khabib. He thinks that the Russian champion is a phenomenal fighter and currently the best right now. But he also pointed out that Khabib walks around at a heavier weight than him. Would a catchweight clash be possible? St. Pierre explained:

“I believe he is the best fighter right now on the face of the planet. Khabib is fighting at 155 but I believe he is heavier than me and walks around at a heavier weight. He is younger than me and can fluctuate whenever. I was never a big fan of weight cutting because I always thought of long-term consequences.

“Physically, I’m always very fit and don’t have a lot of water addition and fat. I’m at my natural walking around weight. It’s different for everybody but I think Khabib walks around heavier than me and is 185 or close to 200 and I’ve never been close to 200 in my life.”

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