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Khabib Nurmagomedov wants a mega-fight versus Georges St-Pierre.
The UFC lightweight champion is targetting a November return in New York at the iconic Madison Square Garden, and he wants it against 'GSP'.
:zap:@TeamKhabib: The most desired rival? He has 1-2 fights left. This is @GeorgesStPierre. The greatest fighter who ever went out to octagon. My return is scheduled for November. This is NY.- MMA TEAM DAGESTAN (@MMATeamDagestan) February 2, 2019
:zap:P.S. One of the close relatives of Khabib wrote in IG what is this fight in the works. pic.twitter.com/zYqZuTE1EQ
"He has one or two fights left, Georges St-Pierre is the greatest fighter ever to step in the octagon. That's my opinion," he said.
St-Pierre, whose campaigned at both welterweight and middleweight, appears to be slimming down in view to a move down to 155 lbs, and Khabib feels he can make the weight cut.
"I think he can drop to my weight [155lbs]. It would be interesting to fight him," he added.
"My return will be planned for around November, in New York [in Madison Square Garden]. He's fought there before, and there's a big [Russian] diaspora."
The Canadian superstar hasn't fought since UFC 217 where he became a two-weight world champion by beating Michael Bisping, but his agents are in dialogue with UFC.
"It's been a few months that my agents are in communication with the UFC to try to make a fight happen [Khabib Nurmagomedov]," he said.
"I know Khabib wanted to fight me and I wanted to fight him. It's not about feeling, it's just about respect, and for me as an athlete, what drives me the most - what is the most exciting for an athlete in combat sports - is to be able to beat someone who seems invincible."
Khabib isn't the only fighter St-Pierre has his eyes on. Speaking on his behalf, famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach has claimed he wants a bout opposite Conor McGregor.
"I think one more. Just one," he told Brendan Schaub when asked if he thinks St-Pierre fights again via Bloody Elbow.
"The Irish boy. He's got a big mouth," Roach added.
Will St-Pierre return to the UFC in 2019? Watch this space.