MMA legend Georges St-Pierre has closed the door on a potential UFC return, saying that chapter of his life is over.
St-Pierre announced his retirement in February but later said he was open to the idea of a comeback.
It was reported Khabib Nurmagomedov had a clause to fight St-Pierre in his contract, a bout that would have interested the former welterweight and middleweight champion.
However, UFC president Dana White poured cold water on that idea last month, claiming the Canadian breaking a promise to defend the middleweight title after dethroning Michael Bisping at UFC 217 was behind his decision.
St-Pierre now says he has other priorities in his life that trump his desire to fight.
Speaking to TSN, he said: “It [fighting Khabib] was on my mind when I retired, I really wanted to do it. But now, telling you the truth, the UFC were clear, they had other plans for Khabib. So, I turned a page.”
“I cannot wait for the fight to happen and twiddle my thumbs, I have other plans for my life. Being the best fighter in the world is not my number one priority anymore.”
“It used to be, now it’s not. I have family, friends, I have a lot of more important things to do. I have other projects down the road.”
St-Pierre added he will not change his mind even if the UFC altered its stance and offered a proposal to mix it with Khabib in the octagon.
“I’m always training, I’m always in good shape, I will always be,” he said. “But competition, for me, it’s a chapter of my life that is over.”