Depending on who you ask, Georges St. Pierre is the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. He’s definitely the best welterweight the UFC has ever seen. A two-division champion, he returned after a four-year hiatus to claim the middleweight crown against Michael Bisping in 2017.
However, ulcerative colitis caused him to vacate and enter a second hiatus. This left the division in a mess that took two more years to recover from. GSP showed interest in a lightweight clash with Khabib Nurmagamedov. But the powers that be didn’t want to risk Khabib losing and the division getting messed up.
Khabib and his team make no secret of the fact that this is their dream fight. Now Ali Abdelaziz has spoken to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto about the potential match-up. In short, he thinks he can make it happen. Right.
Abdelaziz believes that the fight can happen. He also says that GSP has a chip on his shoulder. We’re not sure about that because the Canadian legend has nothing to prove. Furthermore, Abdelaziz insists that he played a key role in making the GSP v Bisping fight happen.
“You don’t think I can make this fight? In 2017, Georges St-Pierre wanted to fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. Dana White didn’t believe him, and I got involved as a friend. I had to convince [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby to convince Dana to meet Georges. Georges flew to Las Vegas. I didn’t manage him, I was helping him as a friend. He had dinner with me, Sean Shelby, and Dana.
Dana was like, ‘This guy don’t wanna fight’, but then 30 minutes into the conversation, Georges went to the bathroom. Dana said, ‘He’s out of his mind, he’s crazy’. Georges is out of his mind, he’s a little bit nutty. Georges started getting up, shouting, walking around the table and just got very emotional. He always have a chip on his shoulder, it’s real. Dana see the reality.”
The Dominance MMA manager says St. Pierre needs to do three things. We’re not sure ‘Rush’ really cares about what Abdelaziz thinks but it’s worth trying to make the headlines, right?
“If Georges wants this fight to really happen, he has to do three things,” Ali continued. “Pick up the phone and call me, he can call Dana directly. Dana White respects Georges St-Pierre, he likes him a lot. Dana White doesn’t like too many people. Then he have to make 155 pounds, and he have to communicate.”
In sum, Abdelaziz says communication is the biggest issue. However, the fact is that the UFC doesn’t want to make the fight. As St. Pierre himself confirmed, he did want the fight. But the fact is Khabib is unbeaten and that shiny zero is worth a lot to the UFC. Abdelaziz said:
“He have a good team, but he always can call me. Everybody can ask what happened in 2017. I communicate people, that’s it. But all the time talk about Georges wanna fight this guy – hey, send a location, like Khabib said. Send a phone number, we can make it happen.”
It’s also worth noting that GSP is now 38. While he hasn’t taken much damage over the past seven years, would he be in his athletic prime?