Khabib Has Sights Set On GSP After Justin Gaethje Fight
Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting a megafight with Georges St-Pierre if he can get past Justin Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov and Gaethje will collide in a title unification bout this Saturday, October 24. Nurmagomedov is the UFC Lightweight Champion. Gaethje holds interim gold. Their title unification clash will headline UFC 254.
Nurmagomedov has said that UFC President Dana White has big things planned for him following UFC 254. While Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, insists it has nothing to do with a fight against GSP, Khabib makes it clear that this is the fight he wants.
Appearing on ESPN’s First Take, Nurmagomedov said that following his bout with Gaethje, the only enticing option would be St-Pierre (via The Score).
“I really become excited when I think about Georges St-Pierre. I don’t know if he wants to fight with me or not, can he make weight – 155 (pounds) or not – but this fight makes me excited, honestly. And I think me versus Georges is going to be very, very big fight. Like big fight for fans, big fight for pay-per-view, big fight for analytics, for everybody. This is only fight in UFC, after Gaethje, that makes me very excited.”
St-Pierre retired back in early 2019. “Rush” had wanted to share the Octagon with Nurmagomedov but the UFC was opposed to the idea. UFC President Dana White cited a deal gone wrong when St-Pierre won the UFC Middleweight Championship only to vacate it back in late 2017.
Lately, White has appeared to change his tune on potentially booking Khabib against GSP. White has even said he’d make the fight happen if it was “The Eagle’s” final pro MMA fight.