Dana White Raises Possibility of Khabib Nurmagomedov – Georges St-Pierre Fight Again
It wasn't long ago when Dana White kept shooting down a proposed fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre. But, the UFC President clearly seems to have changed his mind...
A lot of people had likely closed the book on Khabib Nurmagomedov fighting Georges St-Pierre, due in large part to Dana White repeatedly shooting down the proposed, all-star fight. But, following Khabib’s win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, it’s clear White has changed his mind.
White’s previous stance on Khabib vs. GSP
After St-Pierre vacated the UFC’s middleweight title, due to his battle with ulcerative colitis, the decorated legend eventually reported he wanted to fight Nurmagomedov. White, however, said that wouldn’t happen, and cited St-Pierre vacating the 185 title as a key reason why. The concern being that the former welterweight and middleweight champ may not defend the lightweight title, if he won it.
Khabib also called for a bout with St-Pierre, but as a result of White’s stance, the latter eventually retired.
White’s more recent comments
Last month White turned heads throughout MMA, by saying that if Tony Ferguson couldn’t commit to a fight with Khabib, GSP was an option. Well, during a recent chat session on Instagram, White reportedly had this to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“(The) Tony fight has to happen first,” White said. “Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib. Obviously if Khabib wins that fight, the ‘GSP’ fight will be a fun fight to make.”
“I don’t know if you guys have seen pictures of ‘GSP,’ but he’s looking really, really, really (expletive) skinny right now, man,” White said. “He just did a cleanse or something. He’s in ridiculous shape still, but super lean.
“I think right now, he’s like 10 pounds lighter than Khabib is. Something like that somebody told me – so that’s pretty crazy.”
How about that? Now, it is true that St-Pierre has looked much smaller in recent pics. But, GSP’s longtime coach Firas Zahabi recently said that he thinks the “ship has sailed”, in terms of the Canadian star making the drop to 155. Further, St-Pierre reporteed not long ago that he’s moved on from the Khabib fight, and that he’s happy in retirement. So, if all that is still the case, a fight with Khabib doesn’t seem very likely.
All that aside, Nurmagomedov has to get by Ferguson first, a man who was hasn’t lost a bout since 2012…