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Georges St-Pierre Says Khabib Is Conor McGregor's 'Kryptonite' And Reacts To Gaethje's UFC 249 Victory

Georges St-Pierre Says Khabib Is Conor McGregor's 'Kryptonite' And Reacts To Gaethje's UFC 249 Victory

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is Conor McGregor's "kryptonite" and reckons the Irishman has a better chance to beat Justin Gaethje than the undefeated lightweight king.

Gaethje stopped Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249 to claim the interim UFC lightweight title.

He's now in line to meet champion Nurmagomedov in an undisputed clash with McGregor set to face the winner.

And GSP thinks McGregor has a better chance of becoming lightweight champ again if Gaethje dethrones Khabib.

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Speaking exclusively to SPORTbible, the UFC Hall of Famer said: "Gaethje did very well, but Tony Ferguson should have forced the fight to the ground because he's very dangerous there.

"It's a big part of his game that he did not use. He should have done it because he would have negated Gaethje's striking. Khabib has got a very interesting style. If I was betting my house on that fight, you cannot bet against Khabib. He's undefeated.

"He's a very good fighter, who has improved a lot. He's a very good wrestler, but he likes to stand up and strike. You don't want to stay in front of Justin Gaethje and exchange punch for punch because now you're making the fight like a coin toss. He's very powerful and accurate.

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"You want to move a lot, use angles, level changes and distance control. That's how I would tell someone how to fight him."

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GSP added: "Conor could be champion again. However, Khabib has got a very good style match-up to beat him. He's like his kryptonite. He's very good at closing the distance and that's Conor's weakness. However, if Gaethje beats Khabib, now you have a different match-up. Conor has more of a chance to beat Gaethje than beat Khabib because of the style."

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The Canadian icon continued by explaining how he'd approach a fight with 'The Notorious'.

"If I were to fight Conor, I wouldn't trade with him on his range," he explained. "I'm not going to fight under his terms. I would fight on my terms where I'm the strongest and he's the weakest. I'm very confident I would do well, but you never know until it happens."

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Justin Gaethje, UFC News, Tony Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA, Dana White, Georges St-Pierre

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.