According to ESPN, UFC legend Georges St-Pierre is set to announce his retirement from MMA on Thursday after an unsuccessful bid to fight with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
BREAKING: @BenBeaudoinRDS reports that Georges St-Pierre plans on announcing his retirement at a press conference tomorrow morning at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
This comes as a result of failed negotiations for a bout between him and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. https://t.co/d1cfHGIQvY
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 20, 2019
GSP dominated the 170-pound division for a long period of time between 2006 and 2013, before relinquishing the belt and stepping away from the sport after a close win over Johny Hendricks. He returned at middleweight in 2017, defeating Michael Bisping for the 185-pound UFC belt.
The weight gain did take a toll on him though, and he was forced to stop after suffering through a bout of ulcerative colitis. GSP declared himself full recovered back in December and announced that he was looking only for legacy fights with fighters such as Khabib and McGregor, but UFC president Dana White wasn’t interested in that though, saying that GSP wasn’t getting a shot at another belt only for him to give it up once again. He also said that if he really wanted Khabib, he needed to fight a lightweight contender first.
St-Pierre will end his career with a 26-2 mark (21-2 UFC) and as one of only six fighters to hold titles in two weight classes.
The retirement press conference will take place Thursday at 10:30am at the Bell Centre in Montreal.