Georges St-Pierre shuts down Usman fight and casts doubt over Khabib bout by admitting his motivation isn't 'the same'
GEORGES ST-PIERRE has emphatically shut down talk of a showdown with Kamaru Usman, insisting a fight with the UFC's welterweight champion isn't appealing to him.
Usman broke St-Pierre's record for the most wins in welterweight history last weekend in the main event of UFC 258 in Las Vegas, where he registered a third-round TKO victory over Gilbert Burns.
Shortly after his third defence of the 170lb strap, the promotion's first African-born champion revealed he's open to welcoming St-Pierre back to the octagon.
GSP, however, has no intention of coming out of retirement to face The Nigerian Nightmare, telling The Good Show: “To go back and give three months of my life in a training camp to get a win over Kamaru Usman doesn’t get me motivated.
"I don’t think there’s anything that would get me motivated to go back to competition now. I’m not sure.
“Try to put yourself in my shoes and try to come back. First, if I come back to fight Kamaru Usman, I would literally have to leave the country.
"I would have to bring my coaches somewhere, find a base camp, fly in training partners to get ready for Usman.
"But leaving my home, I don’t want to do it. I’m healthy, I’m wealthy.
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"It’s not appealing to me to lose three months of my life, the stress, to try and get a win over Usman.
"As time passed by, it’s getting less and less appealing. And I don’t think there’s anybody now that would make me come back. I’m good. I will always train and be in shape."
St-Pierre has toyed with the idea of returning to the octagon for a blockbuster fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose late father wanted him to close out his career with a legacy fight against the Canadian.
But the Hall of Famer's desire to test himself against the undefeated Russian has seemingly waned.
He said: “It seems like people want to see me go on my shield.
“A lot of guys wait too long to retire and they kinda go on their shield and I never wanted to do this.
"I wanted to compete at my best and now I’m at the point, are my best years behind me? They could be.
"Now I said to myself I don’t want to compete if my best years are behind me.
"Your knowledge grows but your physicality is diminished.
"I’m 39, gonna be 40 soon. If I would have done something it would have needed to be something that was really special that would really get me to the core of my motivation.
"I don’t have the same motivation as right now. It’s not appealing to me. I’m a big fan, I like to watch fights.
"But I look at them with the stress and I’m like hell no, I’m not doing it.”
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