Georges St-Pierre has revealed how close he came to a blockbuster fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov two years ago, only for UFC to block it.
St-Pierre, who has retired from the Octagon, went down in UFC folklore by running up 10 consecutive defences of his welterweight title between 2008 and 2013.
After beating Michael Bisping in 2017, talk of facing Khabib grew, but the 39-year-old has revealed how those plans were quashed.
‘Two years ago before I retired we tried to make that fight happen, and we tried everything,’ he told The Sun.
‘Khabib was interested, I was interested but the UFC was not and said clearly that they had other plans for Khabib and it was two years ago.
‘In business when you make an offer and the person refuses you move on. I didn’t put my life on pause, I had other projects and I couldn’t do that. I had to keep working and keep living my life.’
Talk has grown that a fight between the pair could become a reality, with Khabib stating a fight with St-Pierre was one of his late father’s wishes.
However, the Canadian has moved to pour cold water on those suggestions.
‘I have doubts and I haven’t received any offers. And I don’t think for the UFC it’s in their best interest for me to go fight,’ he added.
‘I think they would like to keep the ball rolling inside the organisation because they know if I fight it would be my last one.
‘They would probably prefer to have a guy like Conor McGregor or another guy who’s an active fighter fighting Khabib if Khabib wins against Justin Gaethje.’