Dana White Reveals Khabib Nurmagomedov's Last Fight Could Be One Of Two Huge Names
Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov's final UFC fight could be against either long time rival Conor McGregor or all time great Georges St-Pierre.
Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz told UFC Arabia last week that his clients plan with his father, who sadly passed away earlier this month, was to retire at 30-0 and that was still the plan.
That means the UFC lightweight champion has just two fights left of his career before calling it a day. He is due to fight Justin Gaethje next and faced with the idea of who could be after that, UFC president White had an idea.
The face of the company offered up the rematch for McGregor before being asked about the possibility of the mega fight with GSP, something White was more than happy for to reward Khabib for his service to the company.
"He's been great to the company, he's been great for the sport... I would do anything Khabib wanted to do."@danawhite says he would consider @TeamKhabib's wishes for his final fight, including a potential bout with @GeorgesStPierre. (via @bokamotoESPN) pic.twitter.com/pqre0cWiqS- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 28, 2020
Of course the Eagle has already faced, and beaten, McGregor for his lightweight title, when they met at UFC 229 after a long and heated rivalry.
Things didn't end there for the two men as Nurmagomedov jumped over the cage and into the crowd, attacking one of McGregor's teammates, whilst two of the Russian's teammates got in the octagon to attack the Irishman.
The champion and his team have been very dismissive of giving the Notorious a rematch but the rivalry and the Irishman's star power mean it remains an intriguing matchup for the UFC.
UFC legend GSP would certainly excite fans. The Canadian retired in 2017, after defeating Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, in his first fight at the weight.
However he has spoken previously about wanting to face Khabib and there's no doubt that it would be one of the biggest fights that the company could make.
Khabib and GSP both fighting in their final fights, with the lightweight title on the line, would be an incredible moment, although it would leave UFC looking for another champion soon after.
It's not known when the 31-year-old will face Gaethje, it was initially expected to be September but his father's passing has delayed his return to action, but the Highlight has the interim title after his win over Tony Ferguson earlier this year.
That makes their unification fight extremely interesting as many had expected Ferguson, who was meant to be fighting the Eagle before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Russian out of the fight, to beat Gaethje.
Of course it would be quite harsh on Ferguson to miss out on facing the undefeated Russian, having been scheduled to fight him on five occasions with one or the other having to pull out each time.
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