Georges St-Pierre admits Khabib fight still 'freaking excites' him ahead of Dana White's crunch talks with UFC starJanuary 15, 2021
GEORGES ST-PIERRE insists the prospect of facing Khabib Nurmagomedov 'still freaking excites' him, despite recently distancing himself from the fight.
St-Pierre had his eye on a showdown with the undefeated Russian before he retired from mixed martial arts in February 2019.
But the former two-division champion's interest in facing Nurmagomedov appeared to wane well before the Dagestani destroyer's recent retirement from the sport.
The prospect of Nurmagomedov reversing his decision to retire, however, has piqued the interest of St-Pierre, who told Tim & Sid: “It freaking excites me, man.
"Khabib is bigger than me. He’s a better weight cutter than me, probably, and I’m older than he is, and that plays too.
“We need to know the terrain. It’s one of the principles of the art of war.
"I need to know if I fight in a place that he knows the terrain and I don’t, it’s an advantage for him.
"Right now it’s an advantage for him. I don’t have the structure to train, and he does. So there needs to compromise on both sides to make the fight happen.”
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As excited as he is by the prospect of facing Russia's first UFC champion, St-Pierre isn't sure he'd take the fight if it was presented to him.
He added: “Time for me has passed and I couldn’t wait for that opportunity to come, so at one point I lost hope.
"So I had to move on with my life. So I’m not sure about it, I would have to think about it.”
UFC president Dana White is set to meet Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi this evening to discuss a potential return to the octagon.
White is confident of convincing him to return for one last fight, despite The Eagle promising his mother he'd no longer compete without his late father by his side.
And Nurmagomedov's head coach, American Kickboxing Academy's Javier Mendez, reckons the UFC supremo will the make 32-year-old a very tempting offer.
He told SunSport: "I think Dana has it in his mind to give him an offer he can't refuse."
Mendez added: "Let's face it, how many times has Dana failed at doing something he wanted to do? Not much. Dana does what he says."
At this moment in time, Mendez doesn't believe Nurmagomedov's mother would give him the green light to return to the cage.
He said: "I think that if his mother says no, it's no. But, I wouldn't rule out the fact that Dana gives him something to talk to his mother about and get her blessing."
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