After many months (and years) of speculation without much development behind it, we’re starting to see some pretty interesting smoke coming out of the potential fire that is Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre.
It’s been no secret that Khabib has wanted this fight for his legacy. His father wanted the fight. Khabib even had a GSP clause written into his last UFC deal. St-Pierre also pushed for the fight to go down back in Feb. 2019. When UFC refused to even discuss the possibility, he retired from the sport.
Now, Khabib is retired as well. Georges recently implied the time to make the fight was two years ago. UFC President, Dana White, claims nobody wants the fight. But, according to former UFC fighter and training partner Kenny Florian, there are rumblings that St-Pierre is preparing for the “super” fight.
“I heard some pretty crazy news over the weekend,” Florian said on his podcast. “I won’t say exactly where it’s from, but it’s from a well-known coach who, apparently, is aware of a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and a legend in the UFC, a former two-time champion: Georges St-Pierre. So supposedly that is a fight that, I don’t know if it’s confirmed, but it is a fight that Georges might be getting ready for and is preparing for.”
Kenny Florian said that he heard from a well known coach that Georges St-Pierre is getting ready for a fight with Khabib. pic.twitter.com/ZJIz5qKt0U— Nicole Bosco (@NikBos) February 2, 2021
“I don’t think he’d be getting ready for that or be telling people that he’s going to be getting ready for a big fight unless it was actually happening. And to me, the only fight that Khabib Nurmagomedov would actually come back for is a legend of that kind of stature.”
As for Kenny’s source for that rumor?
“I’m guessing that coach is Firas Zahabi,” Showtime analyst Luke Thomas said on his Morning Kombat show. “Because Firas obviously has a relationship with Georges St-Pierre, and Kenny Florian also has a relationship with Firas Zahabi, they used to train together for a time.”
Does this signal a breakthrough in the development of this fight? Or just put word back out there that Georges is interested? You’d think a big money fight like this would be a no brainer to everyone involved, but White holds a strange grudge against his Canadian superstar for slights both real and perceived. The kind of money needed to make this bout come together may simply be higher than UFC is willing to pay St-Pierre on principle alone, nevermind the fact that they’d still get to bank the vast majority of it.
But, who knows? Khabib won’t fight again against anyone else. White seems to finally see the McGregor rematch ain’t happening. The stars may finally be aligning for GSP and Khabib to scrap. Excited? Or just tired of all the honey dicking we’ve been subjected to along the way?