Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants UFC Mega-Fight With Georges St-Pierre In 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov is still interested in that mega-fight with Georges St-Pierre.
The Canadian superstar retired earlier this year after failing to strike a deal with UFC for a bout against Nurmagomedov.
But the UFC lightweight king is hoping to tangle with 'GSP' in 2020 after two defences of his title.
UFC has officially announced UFC 242 will take place on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi. No official headliner, but Khabib Nurmagomedov's return is expected to main event. UFC also announces a five-year commitment to host live events in Abu Dhabi.
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Nurmagomedov is slated to face interim-UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in September at UFC 242 and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is expecting him to make a quick turnaround by having a fight in December, before wanting to take on St-Pierre in the new year.
"He gave me very specific instructions," Nurmagomedov's manager said about his future.
"He said he wants to fight Sept. 7 and again in December. And if [former welterweight champion] Georges St-Pierre can figure things out with the UFC by April, that's the deal. He would like that fight in April.
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"The lightweight division has a lot of contenders, and we need to keep the division going.
"Khabib has done this before. He fought [Edson Barboza], Al [Iaquinta] and Conor [McGregor] in less than one year [from December 2017 to October 2018]. If it can be Georges in April, he would love that fight. If not, it can be any contender."
A fight between Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre has been mooted, though a match-up failed to transpire.
St-Pierre subsequently called it a day but Team Nurmagomedov are hoping to lure him out of retirement for a huge bout in 2020.
Nurmagomedov vs. St-Pierre in 2020? Watch this space.