The former champion of the “UFC” Mixed Martial Arts “MMA” Federation of Russia, Habib Nurmagomedov, met the former champion of two different weights for Canadian “UFC” George St-Pierre.
St. George surprised St. Pierre Habib with a stranglehold from behind, “jokingly”, as the Russian champion sat and gave a press interview on the sidelines of the Arnold Sports UK festival in Britain.
Habib has previously stated more than once that he dreams of meeting the legend in the mixed martial arts arenas, but his dream did not come true, as they withdrew and the confrontation did not take place.
Habib posted a photo of the meeting through the “Story” feature in the “Instagram” application, commenting on it: “Nice to see you, legend.”
Georges St-Pierre, nicknamed “The Saint”, also posted a video of the encounter on his Instagram page, noting: “The only way to attack Habib… is to sneak up behind him like a ninja and surprise him. It’s great to see you, my friend!”
Georges Saint-Pierre, 40, fought 28 fights during his professional career, taking 26 wins, compared to just two defeats.
It is noteworthy that Habib Nurmagomedov, 33, surprised the mixed martial arts world by announcing his retirement after beating American Justin Gaethje in the fight that brought them together on Saturday, October 14, 2020 in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, in the “UFC 254” tournament, right on the track, which justifies the case. Losing his father and coach Abdul-Manaf Nurmagomedov, who died on July 3, 2020, stricken with complications from his infection with the new Corona virus, and his desire to spend more time with his mother, after graduating 29 victories during his professional career, without suffering any defeat.
Habib Nurmagomedov had already invited the former two-weight champion, Georges Saint-Pierre, to a fight at the end of March 2019 before he ended his professional career.
In turn, Georges Saint-Pierre, 37, nicknamed “The Saint”, stated that he wanted to confront the Russian champion, saying: “We have worked hard in this direction. My agent knocked on the door and we demanded it several times, but officials in the (UFC) organization strongly objected.”
The Canadian champion added: “My goal was to become world champion in three different weights. I wanted to, but it didn’t work out. I know Habib wanted to compete against me too.”
Saint-Pierre returned at the end of October 2019, declaring that he was ready to return to the cage after retirement to face Habib Nurmagomedov.
The “TSN” newspaper at the time quoted “the saint” as saying: “The term retirement means nothing. If there is a real confrontation, they know where to find me.”
He added: “We have tried to set up this confrontation, but we have failed. It all depends on the circumstances. If the contract is good, I will say yes” to the fight against Habib.”
After that, Canadian fighter’s coach Firas Zahabi revealed that the reason behind the “saint”‘s retirement is his realization that there is no chance to face the Russian champion.
Firas Zahabi said at the time: “Georges Saint-Pierre couldn’t get the fight he was looking for, he wanted to play the last showdown (in his professional career) against Habib. I think that was the only reason he came back. Most likely he had it feeling he should. The wait is long and the fight will not take place, so he decided it was time to end his career as he played for many years.”
The coach explained: “The possibility of a fight between Habib and George was discussed before he faced (the Irishman, Conor McGregor and Nurmagomedov). There is always a risk of defeat, after Habib’s win over Connor I thought that Saint-Pierre could have fought Nurmagomedov, but it didn’t.”