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UFC Legend Georges St-Pierre Has Announced His Retirement From MMA

UFC Legend Georges St-Pierre Has Announced His Retirement From MMA

Georges St-Pierre has called it time on his illustrious UFC career after announcing his retirement from MMA.

Speculation surrounding the UFC legend's future emerged on Wednesday, with reports suggesting that he would make the announcement official on Thursday at a press conference in Montreal.

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Now, the 37-year-old Canadian has confirmed that it is time for him to leave the MMA world behind.

GSP, who is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history, boasted an impressive MMA record of 26 victories out of 28 fights.

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His last match inside the octagon came against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017, in which GSP won the UFC Middleweight Championship at Madison Square Garden.

Following on from his triumphant victory, St-Pierre was forced to vacate the Middleweight Championship in December 2017 after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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Credit: PA

Prior to his retirement, however, there had been rumblings that a potential match between GSP and Khabib Nurmagomedov could potentially happen in 2019.

"He has one or two fights left, Georges St-Pierre is the greatest fighter ever to step in the octagon. That's my opinion," Khabib said earlier this month.

"I think he can drop to my weight [155lbs]. It would be interesting to fight him.

"My return will be planned for around November, in New York [at Madison Square Garden]. He's fought there before, and there's a big [Russian] diaspora."

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Credit: PA

The 30-year-old Russian UFC fighter, who is serving a nine-month suspension from the sport for his part in the controversial aftermath of UFC 229, once again rekindled the idea of a match with GSP on Wednesday.

"Let's do it in November," he wrote on Instagram.

"After this fight, you can retire. I [grew] 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 [an] honour for me to share [the] octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time. Let's do it [at] 155lbs, or I give away 5lbs to you, 'cause you newer [sic] done 155.

"Well, it's your choice: 155 or 160, Montreal, NYC, Moscow or Abu Dhabi. Send me location, my friend."

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Instagram, Michael Bisping, UFC News, UFC, Madison Square Garden, MMA, GSP

Adnan Riaz

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