Former two-part UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has opened the door to a possible dream comeback battle with undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying he would only return to the octagon to face the “biggest fish”.
The 39-year-old St-Pierre has not competed in the cage since Michael Bisping won the UFC middleweight title in New York in late 2017. He gave up the title and announced his resignation soon after, reportedly after talks aimed at securing a fight with him. Nurmagomedov hit a wall.
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Since then, St-Pierre has stoked the flames of a potential match-up with Khabib several times, but these have been reportedly rejected by UFC President Dana White, who feared St-Pierre could beat Nurmagomedov over his UFC lightweight title – and withdraw from him immediately could do the sport again.
Nurmagomedov has also made clear his desire to combat St-Pierre with the Russian’s vocal stance on the issue, which supposedly mitigates White’s stance on the issue, and speaking to ESPN this week, St-Pierre confirmed once and for all, that he would like to test himself the Chabib – even if he thinks that the Russian could be “unbeatable”.
“If I come back it would be for a fight,” said St-Pierre. “And I have to take the biggest fish for myself. And the top guy right now is called Khabib.
“As a fighter, the most exciting thing is to take the man who appears invincible and unbeatable. He has an aura of invincibility. But it’s also the scariest thing to do.”
While Khabib has his hands full ahead of his argument with Justin Gaethje on October 24th in Abu Dhabi, White has hinted that he has “something special” on his mind should he take the hard-hitting American’s challenge – and even Though he does holding his cards near his chest, which means one possible possibility certainly seems to be a fight with former longtime welterweight champion St-Pierre.
Another possible option for Khabib was revealed by White last week after announcing that he was on the verge of recruiting Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor to coach a restarted series of “The Ultimate Fighter” – a fire combo that would likely prove to be a rating bonanza for the organization and its broadcast partners.
However, White said Khabib grew cold at the idea after initially getting close to an agreement after denying a series of tweets the Irishman issued.
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Should Khabib be successful against Gaethje at UFC 254, this would increase his career book to an incredible 29-0. He was previously told that he would like to retire as soon as he sets a 30-0 record – which could lead White to forego a traditional competitor in favor of a lucrative so-called “money fight” with another big name.
And when it comes to mixed martial arts, there aren’t many bigger names than Georges St-Pierre’s.