Khabib Nurmagomedov Still Wants Georges St. Pierre After Tony Ferguson

By Nathan Zur Nov 19, 2019
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight belt in 2020 against former interim champ Tony Ferguson and the Dagestani says he’s still holding out hope of one-day fighting former dual-division champion Georges St. Pierre.

“The Eagle” hasn’t been shy of wanting to test himself against the best welterweight of all-time in GSP, although the UFC and President Dana White have made it clear they don’t want to make an exception for St. Pierre and grant him an automatic title shot considering he’s been semi-retired since 2017. He also had to relinquish his middleweight belt in 2017 after suffering from ulcerative colitis as a result of his weight gain for his fight against Michael Bisping.

Despite the negotiation issues in the past, Nurmagomedov hopes St. Pierre and the UFC can come to an agreement, which would see arguably the greatest lightweight square off against the greatest welterweight.

The 31-year-old Nurmagomedov, who boasts a perfect professional record of 28-0, spoke with Fight World Turkey and said right now his focus and energy is on Ferguson, but he’d like to fight “Rush” after that bout (via Middle easy).

“Our opponent is definitely Tony Ferguson. There’s no other name that deserves it. We wanted the GSP fight, but GSP didn’t get along with the UFC,” Said Nurmagomedov.

“For this reason, our only and most valuable option is Ferguson. However, it is still wrong to say 100 percent it will be this fight without signing the papers. If the UFC and GSP can negotiate, we want to meet GSP after the Ferguson fight.” Advertisement

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