Khabib Wants Three Fights, GSP In April
After having to sit out nearly a year following the brawl at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to make up for lost time.
Speaking to ESPN, Nurmagomedov’s manager/agent Ali Abdelaziz is setting his fighter up for three fights in the next eleven months.
“He gave me very specific instructions,” Abdelaziz told ESPN. “He said he wants to fight Sept. 7 and again in December. And if [former welterweight champion] Georges St-Pierre can figure things out with the UFC by April, that’s the deal. He would like that fight in April.”
St-Pierre retired from the sport in December, and said during his retirement press conference that he had hoped for a fight with Nurmagomedov, but the UFC had other plans.
“The lightweight division has a lot of contenders, and we need to keep the division going,” Abdelaziz said of the division Nurmagomedov is king of. “Khabib has done this before. He fought [Edson Barboza], Al [Iaquinta] and Conor [McGregor] in less than one year [from December 2017 to October 2018]. If it can be Georges in April, he would love that fight. If not, it can be any contender.”
“To be honest, Conor is going to have to go out there and fight somebody like Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson or Cowboy [Donald Cerrone],” Abdelaziz said of McGregor, who lost to Khabib back at UFC 229.
“He’s not a worthy enough opponent right now. That’s the feeling from all of us, as a team.”
“Mixed martial arts in the Middle East and North Africa became so big after Khabib won his fight against Conor because Khabib was honoring these people,” Abdelaziz said of Khabib returning to action in the UAE at UFC 242.
“To go to Abu Dhabi and put on a show for these people, to show these young, Muslim kids there is something called the UFC, and you can become a UFC champion — doesn’t matter what race or religion you come from — it’s very special for Khabib. He is an ambassador for that region.”
Initial Report: ESPN