Former two division UFC champion Georges St. Pierre was last seen in action at UFC 217, defeating Michael Bisping to claim the UFC Middleweight Title.
That was the last time GSP was in the Octagon and now it appears that UFC 217 will serve as St. Pierre’s final professional MMA bout.
Ben Beaudoin of RDS would take to Twitter to announce that GSP is holding a press conference tomorrow to announce his retirement from professional MMA, with a translation provided by Aaron Bronsteter of TSN:
BREAKING: @BenBeaudoinRDS reports that Georges St-Pierre plans on announcing his retirement at a press conference tomorrow morning at the Bell Centre in Montreal.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 20, 2019
This comes as a result of failed negotiations for a bout between him and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. https://t.co/d1cfHGIQvY
Reports have indicated that GSP was attempting to book a fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but a deal couldn’t be made to get the bout to happen.
GSP would be retiring with a professional MMA record of 26-2-0, having defeated Matt Hughes (UFC 65) and Matt Serra (UFC 83) to win the UFC Welterweight Title. GSP would also defeat Hughes a second time at UFC 79 to win the UFC Interim Welterweight Title, while also defeating the aforementioned Bisping at UFC 217 to claim middleweight gold.
Nurmagomedov would post the following on Instagram a short time after the original story was posted:
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