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Summary of Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs GSP (George St Pierre) -
Khabib: Wins over Poirier, Ferguson and GSP will make me greatest fighter of all time
Khabib Nurmagomedov is already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in the eyes of many MMA fans, but the undefeated Dagestani believes he has to notch three more wins before he ranks himself as the greatest of all time.
Speaking to reporters at a UFC 242 press conference in London, ‘The Eagle’ outlined his plans to beat Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson and MMA legend Georges St-Pierre to cement his legacy as the GOAT.
“I have to beat Dustin, I have to beat Tony Ferguson, and I have to beat GSP,” Nurmagomedov said, per BJPenn.com’s Tom Taylor. “Then I can become pound-for-pound No.1 fighter. This is my opinion.”
Khabib will face the first fighter on his hit list, Dustin Poirier, at the upcoming UFC 242 pay-per-view in Abu Dhabi.
The reigning UFC lightweight champ has been scheduled to fight Ferguson, the former interim titleholder, on four separate occasions but neither man has yet to make the walk to the Octagon.
As for St-Pierre, the former welterweight king retired earlier this year but Khabib insists on challenging ‘Rush’ in a superfight.
UFC 242 will be Khabib’s first test, where he takes on interim lightweight champ Poirier in a highly anticipated title unification bout at du Arena in Abu Dhabi on September 7.
Khabib Wants Bout with GSP, Not McGregor
Last week, Khabib Nurmagomedov sent a message to Conor McGregor: “The game has changed.” Now, it appears the UFC lightweight champion’s sights have also changed.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, says Nurmagomedov is now more interested in a bout with former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges St Pierre, rather than settling his long grudge with McGregor. The only thing would be GSP would have to drop down to lightweight.
Abdelaziz attributes this to his client’s wishes to fight for his legacy, not over drama.
“We believe the fight to make is the Georges St-Pierre fight at 155 pounds,” Ali Abdelaziz said. “Khabib wants to fight for legacy and not for a soap opera drama show, and we think Conor doesn’t deserve this opportunity.
GSP vs. Khabib: Who would win?
Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Thursday. St-Pierre, who defended the UFC's welterweight belt nine straight times from 2008 to 2013, will go down as one of the greatest fighters in history. But the one thing that would have kept him from making this decision? A fight with current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
"I knew [Nurmagomedov] wanted to fight me, and his message excited me," St-Pierre said at a news conference in Montreal. "Unfortunately, it takes two fighters and also an organization to make that fight happen. The UFC has other plans for Khabib, and I wish him the best of luck."
But if that matchup were to come together, who would come out on top? We posed that question to our ESPN MMA contributors -- Brett Okamoto, Jeff Wagenheim, Phil Murphy, Chamatkar Sandhu, Eric Tamiso and Andrew Davis -- to find out.
Okamoto: I'm basically forced to go with youth here. St-Pierre is seven years older than Nurmagomedov, and he has logged nearly six hours of actual competition in the Octagon. That takes a toll. Nurmagomedov has never lost. I can't predict a man who is past the prime of his career would be the first to beat him -- even if that man is the greatest welterweight of all time.
Now, GSP in his prime vs. Nurmagomedov? I'll lean St-Pierre on that one, how about that? And one more thing, for the record, I will not be disappointed if St-Pierre does, in fact, stay retired and this matchup never happens. He is the owner of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, résumés in MMA history. He has done enough. And Nurmagomedov has about 82 legitimate title contenders waiting in line at lightweight. I know the fight would be fun, but I don't need it. St-Pierre riding off into the sunset, on top, isn't the worst thing.