Khabib Nurmagomedov Responds To Georges St-Pierre’s Thoughts On Their Fantasy Matchup

Earlier this week on an episode of the Pound 4 Pound Podcast, Georges St-Pierre gave his thoughts on how a matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov would have gone, and now Khabib has responded.

St-Pierre, a former two division champion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee, expressed that in this hypothetical bout he would keep away from the cage and try to put Nurmagomedov on his back. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but GSP seems confident that he would have found success.

“I think Khabib could have beat me, I’m not saying I could have beat Khabib all the time,” St-Pierre said. “I was confident enough to take that fight that I was thinking that if I take that fight I’m going to beat him that day at that particular place, that doesn’t mean I will beat him all the time. But I was confident, maybe I’m wrong. I think I would have beat him because if he would have come to put pressure on me, I would have put him down. I would have had the confidence to try to go for it…

“So my strategy if I would have gone against Khabib would have been to keep the fight as much as I can in the middle and not be afraid to go to take him down. I think that I would have maybe been the first guy that he fought or one of the only guys that would have tried to put him down, and I’ve put down everybody that I’ve fought,” St-Pierre added.

After seeing what was said in the video, Nurmagomedov responded, but not with any sort of disagreement or rebuttal. The undefeated former lightweight champion simply just voiced his respect for a fellow legend.

Rumors surrounding Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre eventually squaring off in a super fight has always been a topic of rumored conversation, but unfortunately for the fans, nothing has ever materialized.

Nurmagomedov retired back in 2020 following a submission victory over Justin Gaethje, and St-Pierre had his last bout in 2017 when he overcame Michael Bisping to secure the middleweight title. Nevertheless, the public loves a farfetched star-studded matchup to dream about, even though both fighters have firm plans on never competing in MMA again.

But, this does not mean that either is done with their involvement in the sport. Recently, Khabib said he is coaching behind the scenes and helping groom the next set of up-and-comers. Meanwhile, GSP had planned on a return to competition for a Submission Grappling match at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational last year. Unfortunately, the French Canadian had to pull out due to injury, but appeared on the commentary team for the event in lieu of competing.

 

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