Khabib’s Hope Alive For GSP Clash
UFC lightweight champion’s next opponent will most likely be against former interim champion Tony Ferguson early next year.
While the fight has been booked numerous times in the past and all canceled due to a variety or reasons, the most recent one at UFC 223, which played a part in one of the wildest weeks in UFC history.
“Our opponent is definitely Tony Ferguson. There’s no other name that deserves it. We wanted the GSP fight, but GSP didn’t get along with the UFC,” said ‘the Eagle” during an interview with Fight World Turkey.
“For this reason, our only and most valuable option is Ferguson. However, it is still wrong to say 100% it will be this fight without signing the papers. If the UFC and GSP can negotiate, we want to meet GSP after the Ferguson fight.”
UFC President Dana White was not a big fan of GSP fighting Khabib, especially with GSP retiring after moving up to win the UFC middleweight title in 2017 against Michael Bisping.
Yet, White has opened up to the idea more recently, especially as the UFC is looking to boost their value to ESPN.
“Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib and obviously if Khabib wins that fight, the GSP fight would be a fun fight to make for sure,” said White recently. “I don’t know if you guys have seen pictures of GSP but he’s looking really, really, really f***ing skinny right now. I think right now he’s ten pounds lighter than Khabib is. Something like that, somebody told me, so that’s pretty crazy.”