Khabib Nurmagomedov wants Georges St-Pierre at lightweight, Dana White says ‘Sure’
Khabib vs. GSP.
It’s a fight that keeps coming up, even thought UFC president Dana White has shut it down multiple times. Even though Georges St-Pierre retired from the UFC after White shut it down multiple times. Yet we keep talking about it, and over the past several months it’s gone from ‘never going to happen’ to ‘holy crap maybe it will happen’ territory.
When Khabib Nurmagomedov signed a new contract leading up to his return at UFC 242, it included some sort of ‘GSP clause’ in it. And following Khabib’s big win over Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi, Dana White finally uttered the words we’d all been waiting for. When asked if Khabib and Georges could fight, he took a long, long, long pause ... and then said “Sure.”
White wasn’t the only person asked about Nurmagomedov vs. St-Pierre at the post-fight press conference. Here’s what Khabib thought of the idea of a fight.
”Georges St-Pierre is great guy, great champion, great athlete,” he said. “He’s very good example for young kids. If he want to come back, if he feel hungry, if he feel he can improve his legacy with fight with me ... and he can make 155, I am waiting for him. And I think maybe he like new belt? If he likes, I can give him, just only for one photo. But then he has to give me back this belt. But if he wants to fight? Welcome.”
Later Nurmagomedov tied a Georges St-Pierre superfight into another hope he had: to fight in Africa as part of a big charity event.
Robert Louis Pangilinan is a Filipino sports columnist, reporter and photographer. He is currently employed with Policefiles and Sportsmanila.net. sports beat: basketball, boxing, mma, billiards,marathon and baseball.
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