Khabib Calls Out GSP, GSP Says Not Yet
Khabib Nurmagomedov threw out a challenge following his win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. The new and undisputed UFC lightweight champion called out not Conor McGregor, but Georges St-Pierre.
The Dagestani fighter told the Barclays Center crowd that when the UFC returns to New York, at Madison Square Garden in November, that he wants to face the man known as GSP.
According to a report from MMA Fighting, St-Pierre feels the moment isn’t right, as the UFC lightweight champion has unfinished business and isn’t looking to get involved with that.
“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.
St-Pierre came out of a four-year self-imposed hiatus at UFC 217 beating Michael Bisping to claim the UFC middleweight title, but would relinquish the title soon after due to health problems.
At the UFC 223 post=fight press conference, Nurmagomedov clarified that he’d like to see St-Pierre come down to 155 pounds to make the fight happen.
“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.”
Still, Nurmagomedov is pragmatic about it happening.
“Only respect, only respect, but if you guys ask me about is he going to come back or no? I’m going to say no,” Nurmagomedov said. “He already greatest athlete in UFC. Why he come back? For what?”
Original Story: MMA Fighting