UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagamedov Wants to Fight Georges St. Pierre in a Bonafide Superfight… However, Politics Could Get in the Way…
Khabib Nurmagamedov is one of the most feared fighters on the UFC roster. The Russian Sambo fighter has a brutally efficient style that has helped him to stack up a crazy unbeaten record of 27-0. He’s become champion after beating Al Iaquinta and consolidated that by brutalizing former champ-champ, Conor McGregor.
The Dagestani looks set to return in September, surely against the interim champion Dustin Poirier. We say surely because this is the UFC after all. He plans on making up for lost time after a suspension and time off, with the plan for three fights in quick succession. And boy, does he have a big name in mind.
Georges St. Pierre might be officially retired, but that hasn’t stopped Khabib from putting him on his hit list. Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN just what ‘The Eagle’ has in mind.
Khabib knows exactly what he wants to do, with plans for fights in September, December and April. Obviously, this would depend on injuries as well, but if all goes well then that’s the plan.
”He gave me very specific instructions,” Abdelaziz said in an interview with ESPN. “He said he wants to fight Sept. 7, and again in December. And if Georges St-Pierre can figure things out with the UFC by April, that’s the deal. He would like that fight in April.”
While they would love the GSP fight, they know that politics could get in the way. St. Pierre wanted to take on Khabib as well – especially if he was going to get a shot at the lightweight title, but the UFC understandably didn’t want to risk one of their most stacked divisions getting messed up like middleweight. To put this in perspective, technically the last official title defence in the division was Michael Bisping’s loss to GSP back in 2017.
”The lightweight division has a lot of contenders and we need to keep the division going,” Abdelaziz told ESPN. “Khabib has done this before. He fought [Edson Barboza], Al [Iaquinta] and Conor [McGregor] in less than one year [from December 2017 to October 2018]. If it can be Georges in April, he would love that fight. If not, it can be any contender.”
Team Khabib is also adamant that they’re not going to just gift Conor McGregor a rematch. He needs to earn that title shot if he’s planning on stepping back into an MMA cage again. Abdelaziz was emphatic when he said:
”To be honest, Conor is going to have to go out there and fight somebody like Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson or Cowboy [Donald Cerrone]. He’s not a worthy enough opponent right now. That’s the feeling from all of us, as a team.”
Donald Cerrone has made it very clear that he wants to take on ‘The Notorious’ and even called him out after beating Al Iaquinta in Ottawa last weekend. That’s the fight for the Irishman. He should take it if he’s going to return.