Khabib Explains Why He Wants To Test Himself Against Georges St-Pierre

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has made no secret of his desire to face former two-weight champion Georges St-Pierre. Earlier this year, “The Eagle” was campaigning for a super fight with the former welterweight kingpin, only for the latter to announce his retirement. St-Pierre last fought in November 2017 when he moved up in weight […]

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has made no secret of his desire to face former two-weight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Earlier this year, “The Eagle” was campaigning for a super fight with the former welterweight kingpin, only for the latter to announce his retirement. St-Pierre last fought in November 2017 when he moved up in weight to defeat Michael Bisping to become the middleweight champion.

He would later vacate the belt, but given that he last fought at 185 pounds, many felt making 155 would be next to impossible even if he did agree to a lightweight bout with Nurmagomedov.

However, Nurmagomedov believes the French-Canadian’s next goal was to become the lightweight champion and that making the weight was entirely possible:

“Because Georges already was welterweight champion and middleweight champion, and I know if he wants to come back, he wants to fight in lightweight championship,” Nurmagomedov told Aaron Bronsteter when asked why he wanted to face St-Pierre. “He can make weight, he’s not very big. He’s like maybe 190, 195 [pounds]. A lot of lightweights [weigh] more than him.

I think he can make weight and it’s going to be a great fight if I fight with him, if I defend my title with him. For legacy, even for him or even for me, it’s going to be a great fight.”

Of course, a fight now seems unlikely. And when Nurmagomedov realized St-Pierre turned 38 this year, he jokingly responded that he no longer wanted to face him.

Still, “GSP” remains the greatest to compete in the UFC according to the Dagestan native:

“Last time I meet him in Moscow,” Nurmagomedov added. “I stay in one hotel and when I go to my room, I see him. He’s sitting with his friends in restaurant. I come from his back, try to choke him a little bit. I meet him. We have good time in Moscow.

A couple times, we go [for] dinner together. It was before he fight with Michael Bisping. Of course I respect him. This guy in my opinion is greatest athlete ever who compete inside the Octagon, inside the UFC. Him and Fedor [Emelianenko] is like two greatest, in my opinion. If he want to fight, he can come back. But if he’s 38, he has to enjoy with his age.”

Would you have liked to see Khabib and GSP compete? Who would win?

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Khabib Welcomes GSP Fight, But Feels Age Could Be A Factor

Khabib Nurmagomedov still has a “super fight” with Georges St-Pierre on his mind, but age could play a role in whether or not it happens. Nurmagomedov is set for a title unification bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7. “…

Khabib Nurmagomedov still has a “super fight” with Georges St-Pierre on his mind, but age could play a role in whether or not it happens. Nurmagomedov is set for a title unification bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7. “The Eagle” is the lightweight champion, while Poirier holds interim gold. Nurmagomedov vs. […]

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Dana White: ‘GSP’ Bailed On Our Deal, Khabib Fight Doesn’t Make Sense

Georges St-Pierre decided to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition earlier this year after failing to secure a superfight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC President Dana White didn’t seem too keen on the matchup, as he felt it simply didn’t make sense to grant “Rush” a title shot at 155 pounds with fighters […]

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Georges St-Pierre decided to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition earlier this year after failing to secure a superfight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC President Dana White didn’t seem too keen on the matchup, as he felt it simply didn’t make sense to grant “Rush” a title shot at 155 pounds with fighters like Tony Ferguson waiting in the wings. However, speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, White sounded a bit more optimistic about making the fight happen.

The UFC boss stated that if Khabib wants the fight bad enough, the Las Vegas-based promotion might have to look into making the bout happen. Of course, White still doesn’t think the fight would make sense either way (via BJPenn.com):

“I guess if we get into a position where Khabib wants GSP bad enough, we’ll have to talk about it. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t make sense to me,” White said. “You have guys lined up behind Khabib like Tony Ferguson.

“Then you got Conor McGregor who wants a rematch. You have guys backed up who want a title shot at that division. You can’t back out of retirement and hand pick fights you want when you didn’t keep your word with me on defending the middleweight belt.”

One thing that really irks White the wrong way is the Canadian legend going back on his word. White granted St-Pierre a middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping in 2017. Their agreement was, if “GSP” won, he’d have to defend the 185-pound title.

Instead, St-Pierre vacated the strap due to apparent health concerns, and attempted to come back and lobby for a title fight at lightweight:

“I love GSP, he’s the best ever. Great guy,” White said. “But GSP and I had a deal. He was going to fight Bisping for the middleweight title and if he won, defend the title. He bailed on that, he didn’t do it. You can’t just come out and hand pick fights you want for the title.”

Do you think St-Pierre will ever return to the Octagon to fight Khabib?

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Dana White On Khabib vs. GSP: You Can’t Handpick Title Bouts

UFC president Dana White has explained why he isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to book Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre had expressed interest in a bout with UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov. When UFC officials had other…

UFC president Dana White has explained why he isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to book Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre had expressed interest in a bout with UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov. When UFC officials had other plans, St-Pierre decided to retire from mixed martial arts competition. For White, he won’t soon forget being […]

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Firas Zahabi Not Ruling Out UFC Return For Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre may be retired, but his coach isn’t doubting a potential comeback. Back in Nov. 2017, St-Pierre took on Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title. The bout headlined UFC 217 inside Madison S…

Georges St-Pierre may be retired, but his coach isn’t doubting a potential comeback. Back in Nov. 2017, St-Pierre took on Michael Bisping for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title. The bout headlined UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. St-Pierre captured the gold via submission. It would end up being “Rush’s” […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains What It Will Take To Make Him Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter

Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi against the interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier. There, the Russian will look to remain undefeated and improve to 28-0. Although Nurmagomedov is undefeated, he still i…

Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi against the interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier. There, the Russian will look to remain undefeated and improve to 28-0. Although Nurmagomedov is undefeated, he still isn’t the top pound-for-pound fighter. Rather, he knows exactly what it will take to make […]

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