Georges St-Pierre, one of the finest and maximum famous MMA fighters of all time, is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday at a news conference in Montreal.

RDS, a French-language sports activities community in Quebec, changed into first to report the news of St-Pierre’s selection to stop the sport he helped launch to widespread popularity.

St-Pierre, 37, was already a three-time UFC welterweight champion while he first retired on pinnacle following his ninth consecutive title defense in 2013. He again to the octagon in November 2017 and defeated Michael Bisping to capture the UFC middleweight title, becoming simplest the fourth fighter within the agency’s history to win titles in more than one weight class.

The Québec native was a key parent in the game’s mid-2000s ascent to the mainstream, headlining the biggest UFC occasion in North American history while he identifies defense against Jake Shields inside the essential occasion of UFC 129 drew a sellout crowd of 55,724 to Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

St-Pierre, who is underneath contract with the UFC, however, hasn’t fought in greater than 15 months, had been reportedly campaigning for combat with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the company’s light-weight champion.

Wednesday’s file triggered Nurmagomedov to provide up to the fight in a submit on Instagram, pronouncing: “Let’s do it in November. After this combat, you could retire.”

But St-Pierre, at the same time as expressing appreciation of Nurmagomedov’s provide, intimated to ESPN that his decision becomes final.

“I saw what Khabib wrote, and I recognize it very a whole lot,” St-Pierre advised the network. “Unfortunately, these choices aren’t up to us. I will cope with the whole thing at the press convention day after today.”

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