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Georges St-Pierre speaks out on potential title fight vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Georges St-Pierre insists he won’t put his life on hold for a potential lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The former two-division champion is contemplating coming out of retirement to face Russia’s Nurmagomedov, who will defend his 155lb crown against Justin Gaethje next month at UFC 254.

St-Pierre, 39, tried to secure a historic bout with ‘The Eagle’ before retiring last February but saw his bid to become the UFC’s first three-weight champion shot down by the promotion.

UFC president Dana White performed a major U-turn on the super-fight in July, although it’s not convinced ‘GSP’ to strap on his gloves again.

Georges St-Pierre insists he won’t put his life on hold for a potential lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov

“I can’t stop my life in case that opportunity happens,” St-Pierre said. “So I live my life and I work on my projects.

“And if this opportunity comes, I’m going to have to reevaluate it and see if I still want to do it or not.”

Fan favourite St-Pierre – who claimed the middleweight title in his final outing in November 2017 – has found it difficult adjusting to life outside of the cage.

The former two-division champion is contemplating coming out of retirement to face Russia’s Nurmagomedov

The Canadian said: “I’ll always be a competitor. Even now I’m watching the fights and sometimes I’m like, ‘Man, maybe I can go back and beat these guys.’ It’s like a wave.

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“Sometimes I feel like I want to do it. And sometimes I go home and I’m like, ‘What am I talking about with this nonsense? I’m not going to go back and fight. It’s so stressful.'”

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Should a historic matchup with Nurmagomedov fail to come to fruition, St-Pierre insists he’ll be more than content with his Hall-of-Fame career.

“I’m very happy with my career because I always wanted to be a champion in mixed martial arts when I started to compete,” he said. “It was an obsession for me and I achieved it.

St-Pierre was speaking ahead of the launch of the new online fitness class Strike

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“I also wanted to be a good role model for the youth and I tried my best to stay authentic to who I am and be a good role model as well. And those make me very happy.”

Georges St-Pierre was speaking ahead of the launch of the new online fitness class Strike. Strike is available exclusively from TV.FIT on the app or at www.tv.fit.

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