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Daniel Cormier Believes Khabib Nurmagomedov Would Only Return For GSP Fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov (photo via UFC / Twitter)

By FCF Staff

If UFC President Dana White wants to bring Khabib Nurmagomedov back for one more fight, Daniel Cormier believes the only opponent that will do it is Georges St-Pierre.

After Nurmagomedov choked out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October, the lightweight champ announced he was retiring. Nurmagomedov said that after his father passed away earlier this year, he promised his mother he would only fight one more time.

Since then, there’s been speculation about whether Nurmagomedov could decide to come back for one more fight, in pursuit of the 30-0 mark. White has said he believes it’s a possibility, even though Nurmagmoedov has said several times now that he’s committed to retirement.

Recently Cormier spoke with MMA Fighting, and while discussing what fight he thinks might tempt Khabib to return, he said this.

“It would have to be Georges St-Pierre,” Cormier said. “I believe that a big fight is what he would want in order to just prove himself. Like you said, Khabib Nurmagomedov is just trying to make history and a win over Georges St-Pierre would do exactly that for him.

“When your resume becomes so big, not many things can add value to it. If he can go and [fight] GSP and beat GSP, that adds value.”

St-Pierre repeatedly expressed an interest in fighting Khabib. But, for some time, White said he wasn’t interested in making the fight and GSP eventually retired. Nurmagomedov also said multiple times that he wanted to fight St-Pierre, before ultimately retiring.

More recently, St-Pierre has said he could be open to ending his retirement for a bout with Nurmagomedov. But, he’s also said he believes the fight would need to be at a catchweight.

posted by FCF Staff @ 12:00 pm
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