Zahabi: GSP May Return In 2019, Khabib Makes Sense
Dana White has been against an 165-pound division ever since rumors of it circulated for Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz’ cancelled UFC 230 fight last November.
Yet, coaches like Tristar’s Firas Zahabi are quite interested in it, especially for one of his top fighters, Georges St. Pierre.
“As of what I understand right now, there is no 165 [pound division],” Zahabi told YouTube channel MMA Betz backstage at UFC 232 late last month (transcript via BJPenn.com). “It’s a ‘maybe’ from what I understand. It’s a rumor I should say, and if that happens I think it could be very interesting for Georges. I’m hoping that rumor is true.”
“I think the best matchup would be, for sure, Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. If they were to create a 165-pound division, I think it would make a lot of sense to have Georges St-Pierre and Khabib be the first ones to fight for that title.”
While Khabib is still awaiting a decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, he’s had an interest in facing St-Pierre, and could be a potential fight upon his return from his issues with the commission.
What could help the situation is Zahabi’s claims that GSP is back in training and eyeing a return to action later in 2019.
As for St-Pierre, Zahabi says he is back in training “as usual”, and is looking to make a return sometime within the year.