Georges St-Pierre is still considering the chance to compete for UFC title in third category.
GSP thinks his chance for fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov are not very big, too.
“It takes three people to make a fight: One opponent, another opponent, and it takes the organization, and I don’t know if the organization would want that,” St-Pierre told BT Sport. “I ran away with the welterweight (title), I ran away with the middleweight (title) and they surely don’t want me to run with the lightweight belt. And I don’t think I can, I’m 39 years old, I don’t think I could go to 155 (pounds) without my performance being compromised.”
St-Pierre turns 40 in May. The MMA star hasn’t competed since UFC 217 in November 2017 when he defeated Michael Bisping to claim 185-pound belt, joining the shortlist of fighters to win UFC gold in two divisions.
“Khabib is fighting at 155 and he’s heavier than me,” St-Pierre said. “He’s younger than me, so he can fluctuate his weight better and I’ve never been a fan of cutting weight. I pretty much have just stayed like, I lose weight but I don’t lose too much weight compared to the rest of the guys. I always thought about the long term and I’m afraid of the long-term consequences.”
“Physically, I’m always very fit so I don’t have a lot of water retention or fat when I’m at my natural walking around weight. It’s different for everybody but I think Khabib walks around at a heavier weight than me. He’s like over 185 when he’s off season, he’s close to 200 and I’ve never been 200 pounds in my life.”
UFC president Dana White doesn’t rule out the possibility, and has said on-record he would give Nurmagomedov “whatever he wants” in a potential retirement bout.
“The chance is incredibly low,” St-Pierre said. “I’m always training hard but now it’s COVID, so of course I can’t train because it’s illegal to train combat sports here. But before COVID, I’m always training hard, I always get it, and I feel I’m at my best. But the fighter is always the last one to find out when your time is up, s o I don’t know.”