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Georges St-Pierre Gives His Honest Opinion On Khabib Nurmagomedov's Retirement From MMA

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Georges St-Pierre Gives His Honest Opinion On Khabib Nurmagomedov's Retirement From MMA

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre has hailed Khabib Nurmagomedov and says he wouldn't dare try to talk him out of retirement.

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St-Pierre, who had been linked with a super-fight against the undefeated Russian, believes Nurmagomedov has made the right decision regarding his career.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani via Bloody Elbow, he said: "Maybe normally, I would (ask someone to stay for a fight with me), but because of the circumstances, I would never dare to do that.

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"I am not in his shoes, he is going through a tough time because his father passed away. He needs time to mourn his father.

"I respect Khabib a lot. What we do is a sport. This goes beyond sport, goes on to the human side and I just wish him and his family the best.

"I don't want to say anything that will speculate in any way that we could make a fight. I don't want the reporters to put that in his headline.

"It's a disrespect to the turn of events that has happened to his life. I want him to go with his family and have peace of mind. Not thinking about fighting, and just relax and enjoy your retirement."

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GSP continued: "As a human being, I am very very happy for him. What a great career. What a great way to leave with a perfect legacy.

"Now the doors are all open for him. He finished on top. His stock is at its pinnacle. He can do whatever he wants. Sponsorship, publicity, open a school, acting, whatever he wants to do, the possibilities are endless.

"A lot of fighters in our sport have a tendency to finish too late in their career. So their stock is going down, and then they close the door for many opportunities that a lot of elite athletes could have as an after-career. Khabib has a choice now.

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"I always feel sad when I see an athlete taking too many fights - a champion. Taking too many fights, and retire, having very bad performance and affect the well-being... that's something I really don't wish to someone.

"Khabib did an amazing decision."

The Canadian megastar, who retired from MMA in 2019, expressed his desire to face 'The Eagle'.

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But the lightweight fighter's emotional retirement will likely spell the end of St-Pierre's UFC comeback.

Featured Image Credit: UFC/ESPN

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC News, Fight News, UFC, Georges St-Pierre

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