Georges St. Pierre’s Head Coach Firas Zahabi Has Revealed Exactly What it Would Take for the Legendary MMA Fighter to Return One Last Time…
Georges St. Pierre is retired as we all know well. That was made a fact a couple of weeks ago after St. Pierre himself held a press conference announcing his farewell to competitive professional MMA, after an incredible career that saw him become the greatest welterweight – and arguably the overall GOAT – in UFC history.
He made it clear that unless he can enhance his legacy, he has nothing left to fight for. The former 170lb and middleweight champion of the world wanted to fight for a third title, but the UFC refused to back him. So he stepped away from the sport.
While it’s highly unlikely that he will come back again, Firas Zahabi, GSP’s head coach, has revealed that there is one potential scenario that would get him back into an octagon again.
Firas Zahabi is one of the most widely respected coaches in MMA today. The head coach at Tristar gym in Canada, he is one of the key men behind St. Pierre’s success. He also trains Bellator welterweight champion, Rory MacDonald. Zahabi spoke about what it would take for ‘Rush’ to return to action. Remember, St. Pierre did take a four-year hiatus before coming back to fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, his only appearance in the WME-IMG era.
“If Conor came back to win the title, and it’s very conceivable,” Zahabi told the Pull No Punches podcast. “If he comes back to the prestige he had before losing to Khabib, maybe it will call Georges in.”
It’s not surprising that St. Pierre would like to fight Conor McGregor. You get the feeling that Jon Anik would get in the cage with the Irishman if it guaranteed a ‘red panty night.’ However, ‘The Notorious’ isn’t the only fighter that St. Pierre would be interested in. Zahabi says that Khabib Nurmagamedov is the other name on St. Pierre’s shortlist. He said:
“[it would have to take place] at 165 or something like that. Something we can all agree on. It would have to be a five rounder, of course, but I think that fight was too complicated to put together and I don’t know why.”
Zahabi made it clear that it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a title fight to get St. Pierre involved. As long as it was a five-round main event, he’d be interested in doing a one-off exhibition in Nate Diaz’s super fighter division – also known as 165lbs.
The problem is that the UFC is so far refusing to open up a 165lb division. It’s absolutely bizarre when you consider the number of fighters calling out for one, and the fact that it would give them another champion they could market. It would also, in theory, mean less of their athletes would miss weight.
It’s understandable why they didn’t want St. Pierre to fight for the 155lb title. If he won and walked away, it would have created an awkward situation. Just look at middleweight: there still technically hasn’t been a title defence in the division since Bisping fought ‘Rush’ back in 2017.
A one-off catchweight between Khabib and St. Pierre sounds amazing though. They could market it as the legacy championship or something cheesy like that. Fans would lap it up.