Georges St-Pierre Praises Legacy of Khabib Nurmagomedov, While Repeating Interest in Fighting Champ
By FCF Staff
Georges St-Pierre doesn’t believe the UFC will sign off on a bout with him and Khabib Nurmagomedov. But the legend sounds even more interested in facing the lightweight champ, following Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229.
Prior to UFC 229, GSP relayed that he would be interested in fighting the winner of Khabib – McGregor. More recently the former welterweight and middleweight champ talked with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, and he had this to say about Nurmagomedov (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I know Khabib has impressed the desire to fight me before the (McGregor) fight,” St-Pierre said. “Before the fight, there were a lot of contenders. … I don’t think the UFC would want me to fight for a title at 155. They don’t want me to run off into the sunset again with a title if that happened. I don’t think it will happen.”
“… I always said the thing that excites me the most is when I can be the first to do something. When something can’t be done, and people doubt me … he’s a great champion. In terms of legacy, I can’t think of a better man and fighter right now with a better legacy than Khabib.”
St-Pierre hasn’t competed since last November, when he defeated Michael Bisping to win the middleweight belt. The Canadian star vacated the title, however, after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
With Nurmagomedov’s win over McGregor, he moved his pro-record to 27-0.