Just because UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is focusing most of his attention on a clash with Irishman Conor McGregor doesn’t mean “Eagle” can’t discuss other potential superfights.
As a matter of fact, Nurmagomedov was recently asked about a hypothetical showdown with former UFC champion and mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Georges St-Pierre during a Q&A prior to UFC on FOX 30’s ceremonial weigh-ins in Calgary.
Nurmagomedov paid his respects to GSP, but also proclaimed he’d win if the two wrestlers ever happen to collide inside of the Octagon.
“Georges is greatest competitor in the UFC of all time,” Nurmagomedov said. “Even if we fight, I think it’s going to be a very tough matchup for me, and for him too. I never lose round in the UFC. I think I can give him very tough match. I know you guys love him, but when cage door close I have to smash my opponents.”
“In my mind I think nobody can beat me,” he added.
St-Pierre, 37, returned to MMA last November to submit UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and claim the 185-pound belt. The Canadian superstar eventually relinquished the middleweight title after a battle with colitis landed him back on the sidelines.
While St-Pierre has never competed at 155 pounds before he has always hinted at a potential move down. It looks like GSP is shedding his middleweight muscle at a rapid pace these days so maybe an experiment at lightweight will come sooner rather than later.
But considering Khabib vs. McGregor is a bigger money fight for UFC than even Khabib Vs. St-Pierre, “Rush” may have to until 2019 to get his hands on the undefeated Russian champion.