Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants Bout With Georges St. Pierre, Who Isn’t Interested Right Now


Khabib Nurmagomedov captured the UFC Lightweight Title with a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC 223.

The new champion would like to have a super fight against former two division title holder Georges St. Pierre.

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“No, please, not 170, with Georges St-Pierre? No,” Nurmagomedov said at the UFC 223 post-fight press conference. “When I talk with my father one year ago he told me his dream fight is me vs. Georges St-Pierre. I remember when I grow up, like 11, 12 years ago, when I compete in combat sambo, junior combat sambo Dagestan championship, he fight for the UFC title. When I grew up, I watch his fights, all fights with my father, and he greatest athlete who ever compete in UFC. Middleweight, welterweight champion. And I hear about he want to come and fight in 155, take this belt, make history, become UFC three-division champion. Why not? Me vs. Georges St-Pierre. If I beat Conor or if I beat Georges St-Pierre, which one is better for my legacy? Maybe for money, it’s Conor, but for legacy it’s Georges St-Pierre. But we don’t know about money too because me vs. Georges St-Pierre is going to be a big fight.”

GSP hasn’t been in action since UFC 217, where he defeated Michael Bisping to capture the UFC Middleweight Title.

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting contacted GSP about a possible bout with Nurmagomedov, but he didn’t seem very interested in the idea.

“I feel UFC and Khabib got unfinished business before I try to make a step in here to go for the 155 title,” St. Pierre said.

If GSP were to take the fight and win, it would make him the first UFC fighter to hold three titles in three different weight classes within the promotion.

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