With an alternate return bout ruled out, Conor McGregor has offered Khabib Nurmagomedov hope.
Dana White has ruled out a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre in the UFC, paving the way for a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Dana White claims Khabib Nurmagomedov has no desire to battle UFC icon Georges St-Pierre, thus paving the way for a rematch with Conor McGregor. Many consider St-Pierre to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, and he said this week that battling another UFC veteran in Khabib ‘freaking excites me.’ The Canadian, who will turn 40 in May, has been retired since 2017, and his victory over Michael Bisping in the middleweight division – which made him a two-weight champion – was his only fight in more than seven years.
St-Pierre, who held the welterweight title for 2,204 days before retiring, is considering a comeback in 2021, and there has been discussion of a potential superfight with Khabib.
Last year, the Russian retired as well, but White met with him in Abu Dhabi on Friday night in the hopes of convincing him to come out of retirement.
“No, GSP never came up, and he (Khabib) is not interested in that fight,” the UFC president said when asked if the possibility of Khabib moving up to 170 pounds and becoming one of the rare guys to become a two-weight champion had been addressed.
“And, based on what I’ve heard since then, neither is GSP. So, that’s it.”
White’s comments come after St-Pierre indicated that the thought of a fight with Khabib piqued his curiosity, but that certain concessions would have to be made.
“It totally excites me, man,” St-Pierre told Tim and Sid. Khabib is much taller than I am. He’s definitely a greater weight-cutter than I am, and the fact that I’m older than he is also helps.
“We need to have a sense of the landscape. It’s one of the tenets of the martial arts. I need to know that if I battle in a location where he understands the area and I don’t, he will have an advantage.
“For the time being, he has an advantage. I lack the structure to train, whereas he does. As a result, both sides must make concessions in order for the conflict to take place.”
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