One of the dream fights that people wanted to see in the UFC was Georges St-Pierre vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dana White apparently was trying to get it booked at one point.
Georges St-Pierre recently sat down with Patrick Bet-David and revealed that UFC president Dana White lied about the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The situation was quite confusing for all the parties involved.
“What happened now — because Khabib is retired and I’m retired — so now, the UFC… Dana called me and he’s like, ‘Oh, now would you be interested to fight Khabib?’ He asked me. He called me,” St. Pierre explained (via BloodyElbow). “But I thought it was strange because I never wanted to do it. And now, because he called me for that reason, I was like… I didn’t want to do it, but I told Dana, just to see what happens because I was curious. You know it’s always a chess game when the promoter calls you.
“I didn’t say no, I said, ‘OK. Let me think about it.’ The way Dana talked to me, it was like Khabib already accepted. But it wasn’t true. It was just fishing to make the fight happen. They knew now that we were both retired, so now, for them, it was an opportunity to make a big-money fight.”
The situation turned very sour between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC president. Dana White actually lied to the Canadian in order to get Khabib Nurmagomedov interested in the fight.
“So I said I’m gonna think about it and I wait a few days and I saw in the media that Ali Abdelaziz came out publicly and said ‘Hey, now Georges wants to fight, but now we already retired…’ It was all BS.
“Dana kind of lied to me. They didn’t approach Khabib first, they approached me first to make it happen. I know now for a fact (that Dana lied to me). A hundred percent.”
“Dana, now, could’ve gotten back to the media and said, ‘Oh, why would I let Georges go fight in boxing when he doesn’t want to fight Khabib with the UFC?’ So he would’ve had a good reason.
“That’s why he did this. It was a strategic move on his part. It’s always like this with Dana.”