Georges St-Pierre is one of UFC’s most legendary figures.
He appeared he might be set for one more huge fight when Khabib Nurmagomedov pleaded him to fight on social media last week.
Khabib, fresh off the back of his stunning win over Conor McGregor last October at UFC 229, urged St-Pierre to fight in November.
The Russian stated "it would be an honor for me to share Octagon with one of the greatest fighters of all-time".
But St-Pierre has now officially announced his retirement from UFC, bringing to an end a glittering career with 26 wins in 28 fights.
The Canadian is considered one of the greatest to ever step foot inside The Octagon, yet he will not be tempted by one last super fight.
In an emotional press conference announcing his decision, St-Pierre said: “It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion.
“It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life, but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health."
St-Pierre did reportedly express a genuine interest in facing Khabib, but he told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he appreciated his words "very much" and added "unfortunately these decisions aren’t up to us."
He expanded at his retirement press conference, stating: “Khabib wanted it, I wanted it, but the UFC had other plans.”
Khabib is still on the lookout for his next fight, which St-Pierre says he "can’t wait" to watch.
“I wish Khabib the best of luck. I think he’s the best fighter right now," he added.
"I can’t wait to watch his next fight."
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