The BJJ world was taken by surprise a few days back, when UFC legend Georges St-Pierre announced that he will compete at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational submission grappling event.
But who will be his opponent?
Several names were suggested to him during a red carpet appearance at the 2023 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony – such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, and Anderson Silva.
He replied to these options:
They are all very attractive, but everybody has a different agenda.
Some are training for upcoming title fights. Some are maybe too heavy, some are too light, some just retired and want nothing to do with competition.
I received a list from the UFC today and we’re going to check and look who’s available and we’re going to make a decision with the UFC and with my people to make sure we go up against someone they think that the people want to see me compete against.
Unfortunately, St-Pierre confirmed that Nurmagomedov isn’t one of the people on the mentioned UFC list:
Khabib was not on the list.
Georges St-Pierre emphasized his excitement about competing in BJJ:
First, I’m always in shape, I’m in great shape.
Competing in Jiu-Jitsu is very serious competition, but the risks are minimal.
For someone in my position, it’s great – I’m 42 years old…
I felt at the end when I retired, I was training, but I needed something.
I liked the kick of competition, I’d like to get it back, and I’d like to feel the adrenaline again.
It’s also an avenue from fighters who still want to compete and make money and have fun with the fans and the family of the UFC.