Robert Whittaker Doesn’t Like The Idea Of Khabib vs. GSP
Robert Whittaker is not onboard with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre.
Nurmagomedov has said that he’s done with his pro MMA career. He made the announcement following his second-round submission victory over Justin Gaethje to retain the UFC Lightweight Championship. As of now, the UFC still recognizes Nurmagomedov as the lightweight king. In fact, UFC president Dana White has shared his belief that “The Eagle” will fight one more time in an attempt to end his career at 30-0.
Nurmagomedov has long expressed his desire to fight St-Pierre. The feeling was always mutual as St-Pierre was willing to move down to the 155-pound division to bring the fight to reality. White was hesitant in booking the fight due to a deal gone wrong with St-Pierre when he was the UFC Middleweight Champion.
While St-Pierre retired in early 2019, he has admitted that he’s 50/50 on making a return. It seems the only bout that interests him is a showdown with Khabib.
Whittaker appeared on Submission Radio to give his take on a potential showdown between Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre. He admitted that he isn’t a fan of the idea (h/t BJPenn.com).
“The problem with that, one of the two greatest, I think, most iconic role models of the sport are gonna get their legacy tarnished a little bit, and I don’t think it’s needed. Neither guy needs the money. Maybe they can fight quietly behind closed doors”
St-Pierre is a UFC Hall of Famer. It’s safe to say that Nurmagomedov will also be inducted at some point. If Nurmagomedov decides to stick around, he will look to go 30-0 as his late father wished. Nurmagomedov’s mother is against the idea of him continuing to fight.