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Dana White Backs Dream Clash Between Khabib Nurmagomedov And Georges St-Pierre

Dana White Backs Dream Clash Between Khabib Nurmagomedov And Georges St-Pierre

UFC president Dana White has fully backed the idea of a blockbuster showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.

The UFC lightweight champ, 30, has been a long-time admirer of 'GSP' and has been vocal about his desire to fight him in the past.

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When White was asked in his post-UFC 242 press conference about the possibility of seeing Khabib clash with the retired UFC star, he paused for a while before responding: "Sure."

According to the 'Eagle,' the 38-year-old Canadian is a "great guy, great champion, great athlete."

Khabib continued: "He's very good example for young kids. If he want to come back, if he feel hungry, if he feel he can improve his legacy with fight with me... and he can make 155, I am waiting for him.

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"And I think maybe he like new belt? If he likes, I can give him, just only for one photo. But then he has to give me back this belt. But if he wants to fight? Welcome."

'GSP,' who retired from MMA back in February, revealed that he wanted to fight the undefeated lightweight champ in the past.

But he admitted that the UFC turned down the chance to book the showdown with Khabib.

"We worked very hard to try and make it, my agent tried to make it, we asked many time and the UFC categorically didn't want to do it," he told Chael Sonnen.

"My goal was to be the first champ, champ, champ and then we even asked to do it at a catchweight and the UFC didn't want to do it.

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Credit: PA
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"I know Khabib wants it, the fans love the idea of the fight, but it is unfair to [lightweight number one contender] Tony Ferguson because he deserves the title shot.

"But now it's over, I missed the train, the train is gone, I don't think it will happen.

"When I train in the gym I feel like I still get it, if you ask me right after training, when I feel strong and confident, I would say I would consider the fight.

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Credit: PA

"But if you ask me later I would say no, I don't want to do that damn circus again.

"I don't feel right now that I want to go through another three months of crazy sacrifice, hardcore sparring and training.

"Right now I'm home and I'm like 'hell no,' but if you ask me after training tomorrow, I'll say 'yeah, maybe I'll do it,' it's a mixed feeling."

Should 'GSP' fight Khabib in a charity match?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 242, UFC News, MMA News, eagle, MMA, Dana White, GSP, Georges St-Pierre

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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