UFC President Dana White has long been cool on the idea of a fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the retired, former two-division king Georges St-Pierre.
Now, it appears Khabib – GSP is a fight White would like to see judging by his recent comments on an Instagram Live session; if the former can get past Tony Ferguson first.
It’s also a fight Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre have long made it publicly clear they both want. However, White continuously poured cold water on that dream booking, mostly due to the fact St-Pierre failed to defend the middleweight title he won off Michael Bisping in 2017 after making a comeback from a long hiatus away from MMA.
But in 2019, a year in which two fan favourite fighters can headline Madison Square Garden and fight for the newly-created ‘BMF’ belt, we are now in position where this fight could some day become reality.
“[The] Tony fight has to happen first,” White said during his chat. [H/T MMA Mania] “Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib and obviously if Khabib wins that fight, the GSP fight would be a fun fight to make for sure.
“I don’t know if you guys have seen pictures of GSP but he’s looking really, really, really f*****g skinny right now. I think right now he’s ten pounds lighter than Khabib is. Something like that, somebody told me, so that’s pretty crazy.”
White isn’t wrong. St-Pierre looks to have lost a considerable amount of weight since we saw him announce his retirement in February.
Though GSP did indeed say he was done with the sport, it’s widely known that he wants to fight Khabib for the chance to win another belt in a third weight class – something unprecedented in the sport.
We last saw the Canadian appear in the Octagon in a winning effort against Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship, adding 185-pound gold to the welterweight title he made his own.
While “Rush” has been enjoying his time away from the sport, Nurmagomedov unified the UFC lightweight belt against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last month.