Youz guys wanna see GSP vs Khabib ?

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Hong Kong Phooey

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Khabib Nurmagomedov fighting Georges St-Pierre seemed like a pipe dream. Now that wish might become reality.

The reigning UFC lightweight champion considers St-Pierre one of the greatest fighters in MMA history and has wanted to compete against him for several years. St-Pierre, meanwhile, believes a fight with Nurmagomedov is likely the only bait that would convince him to end his retirement and return to the UFC again.

Despite the athletes’ desire to make the fight happen, Dana White has shot down the idea, essentially discounting it could ever happen. Now, it appears the UFC president is changing his tune.

Asked by TMZ about Nurmagomedov’s next opponent following his dominant win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, White immediately pointed toward a long-awaited showdown with former interim champion Tony Ferguson, who’s currently riding a 12-fight winning streak in the 155-pound division.

While Ferguson appears to be the most deserving candidate for a title shot, White added that if the matchup doesn’t happen for whatever reason, he would then consider Nurmagomedov’s request to face St-Pierre.

“Tony Ferguson is the fight that needs to happen,” White said. “We’ve tried to do it four other times, so hopefully we can get it done this time. But that’s the fight that makes sense.

“(The fight with Georges St-Pierre) can happen, too. We’ll see what happens with Tony. Tony’s had opportunities before that he didn’t take, so if he doesn’t, I would be interested in talking about GSP.”

White’s stance on a possible matchup between Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre is in stark contrast to previous statements he’s made regarding the fight.

Even St-Pierre has conceded the matchup is a long shot, saying he understands the UFC’s resistance. In several interviews, he’s said his intention is not to stick around if he faces Nurmagomedov. Win, lose, or draw, he plans to go back into retirement.

That means if St-Pierre drops to lightweight, defeats Nurmagomedov and wins the title, he might just vacate the belt, throwing the 155-pound division into upheaval.

Despite all that, White seems open to the possibility. After all, Nurmagomedov vs. St-Pierre could be one of the most profitable fights in UFC history.

Dana White opens the door to possible Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre fight
 

ConorMcGregorsBeard

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Jul 22, 2015
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I can give you a firm, I don't know.

It's basically a win-win for GSP. If he's in top form, he'll murder Khabib. If he's over the hill, and slow Khabib will probably eek out a decision. I don't really know why Khabib would want the fight to be honest, he's got nothing to gain and everything to lose. Of course Lennox Lewis tells people he beat Tyson in his prime, so...
 

Nemo?

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Dec 2, 2015
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We'll watch anything, no matter what we say.
Almost anything yes... but they have us by the short and curlies.

TBH I am not interested in Khabibi vs GSP because GSP is wayyyyyy past his prime and last fought at 185lbs

If Khabibi win's it's not that impressive(see Silva vs Adensanya) and if he loses like what has already been said throw's the lightweight division upside down even worse than it is now.
 

Vagabond

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Oct 21, 2015
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I want to see Khabib fight,
1. Tony
2. Gaethje
3. Nate Diaz
4. Then GSP
 

Onetrickpony

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Nov 21, 2016
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Khabib has said he only wants to fight 2-3 more times.

First Tony.

If Khabib wins, then GSP. Have it at 160 or 165 for a new weight class belt they could walk away from without fucking up a division and win or lose, they both retire after.
 

WEWEREONABREAK

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We criticize fighters for not retiring at the right moment. But then one guy actually does and there's still this pressure to have him continue.

I think the reality of fight fans is they don't want to stop playing with their toys until they're broken. Leave the man alone.
 

Onetrickpony

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Nov 21, 2016
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We criticize fighters for not retiring at the right moment. But then one guy actually does and there's still this pressure to have him continue.

I think the reality of fight fans is they don't want to stop playing with their toys until they're broken. Leave the man alone.
I agree that GSP should stay retired. I didn’t think he looked good against Bisping. I thought he looked slow and tentative. He got hit with shots he that never would’ve come close to touching him before he quit.

But in this case it’s not the fans that are pressuring him to fight, he is the one that wants the Khabib fight.
 

Dick Niaz

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Yes and no.

Yes, I would love to see it for the sake of MMA history and because GSP is one of my all-time faves.
No, because I think GSP has lost a step and showed his age too much against Bisping. I think he would have beat Khabib 10/10 time in his prime, but I don't think he can get it done. No need to tarnish his legacy.