Khabib Nurmagomedov Talks Potential Fight With Georges St. Pierre
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC Lightweight title against Dustin Poirier, at UFC 242. However, he still has his sights set on facing Georges St. Pierre.
When Georges St. Pierre retired from MMA, he sited the fact that he wanted a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Unfortunately, according to GSP, the UFC had “other plans” for Khabib. So despite the fact that both men were interested in the fight, it would not come together, and GSP would retire.
However, Khabib has not given up hope for this fight. In a recent interview with ESPN, he talked about still wanting that fight, and where he would want it to take place.
“Can you imagine if this happened in Montreal. 55,000 [seats] — like a stadium. Or in Moscow, 80,000 at a big stadium in Moscow. I think this fight has to happen in Canada or Russia. We can sell out a stadium, 100%.”
Khabib went on, explaining why he wants this fight with GSP.
“Georges St-Pierre has big name, I am the champion,” he said. “Why not? We can do whatever we want. This is UFC, this is not NBA or soccer. This is UFC. We can do whatever we want because of the two names — me vs. Georges St-Pierre. We can do this. Dustin Poirier or Tony Ferguson, they can’t do this. Right now, this is my time. I can do this. If a guy builds a name and becomes a very big star, they can do this, like Conor did with Mayweather. When you have a big name, when your opponent have a big name, you guys are very popular, you guys can do whatever you want.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov seems adamant about fighting GSP. First things first, he has to get by Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.