Khabib’s Wishlist: Conor, Floyd, GSP, & Tony
While Khabib Nurmagomedov awaits his fate from the Nevada Athletic Commission, the UFC lightweight champion is working on who he wants to face upon his return.
“I have a big team . . .and everybody thinks a little bit different,” Khabib said of his coach Javier Mendez wanting to see a UFC 229 rematch with Conor McGregor. “If you talk about it, my father thinks different, Javier thinks different, my management thinks different. But when the athletic commission makes a decision, we’re gonna sit with my old team and make a decision what I’m gonna do next. But right now, if you guys ask me, of course he not deserve a title shot rematch, Conor, because he lose, he tapped. It wasn’t a close fight. I dominated him everywhere in every aspect and I beat him. Like a told, I smashed him. Why we need a rematch?”
While Tony Ferguson seems to be the most likely non-Conor option, Nurmagomedov is holding on to the hope that he and Georges St. Pierre will finally cross paths.
“Georges St. Pierre is a very big name,” said Khabib to Submission Radio. “I like, an opponent who is a very tough opponent and he’s a little bit bigger than me. If we’re gonna fight, we have to fight at 155, because 170 is his weight and he’s gonna be a little bit bigger than me. For me it’s like a smart decision taking him to 155. He’s a very big challenge for me. Like, for my legacy, he’s a very good match-up for my legacy, for fans, for money, for everywhere now. I don’t know about his future, about his plans, but I respect him. In my opinion, he’s the greatest athlete who ever competed in the UFC, because he’s a champion inside the cage and outside the cage too. We’ll see.”
Another name, even though Khabib claims “he’s old now” is Floyd Mayweather, who has been non-committal on a return, even though he’s called Khabib out recently.
“He’s old now,” Khabib said. “If you talk about like if I’m gonna compete with young lions in boxing, of course it’s gonna be very tough for me. Like, even if you talk about Canelo or Golovkin, these guys are dangerous. But Mayweather now is old, 41, 42 years old. You know, but he’s a very big name. If we can take very big fish, why not?
“A lot of people don’t understand about age, about when you did in competition. Like, they think, ‘oh, Mayweather and that’s it,’ or, ‘Conor and that’s it’. They don’t know what’s inside. We can take everything what they have. You know, all his 50-0, we can take this because he’s too old, too small, and it’s gonna be smart decision for my future, for legacy, for money, for fans, for everywhere.”
“I don’t know right now,” Khabib said of what’s next. “Why not maybe St. Pierre, Ferguson and Mayweather, it will be these three guys and we can retire and become the greatest athlete of all time.”
Report Via: MMAFighting