Georges St-Pierre is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday, according to Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
According to Helwani’s report, St-Pierre, 37, had hoped to secure a fight against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year. But when it became clear that fight would not happen, GSP decided it was time to walk away. The UFC is aware of St-Pierre’s decision and are helping him to organize a news conference.
Shortly after Helwani’s report went to press, Nurmagomedov posted this on Instagram:
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Let’s do it in November. After this fight you can retire. I grow up on your fights, and have nothing but respect for you, and I believe showed that to you George when you were in Moscow. But, it would be honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all time. Let’s do it 155 lbs, or I give away 5lbs to you, cause you newer done 155. Well, it’s your choice 155 or 160, Montreal, NYC, Moscow or Abu Dhabi. Send me location my Friend 📍 #GSPvsKHABIB #ufc #mma #history #RUSSIAvsCANADA
St-Pierre (26-2) last fought at UFC 217 where he defeated Michael Bisping by rear-naked choke to win the UFC middleweight championship. He vacated the title due to ulcerative colitis.
Nurmagomedov (27-0) is coming off the biggest victory of his career against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in October. The melee that transpired after the fight resulted in him being hit with a nine-month suspension.
The question will now be if GSP will delay his retirement to revisit a fight with Nurmagomedov or whether or not that is even possible.