Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre fight ‘can happen’, says UFC president Dana White

21 Sep

Dana White wants to make the Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.

However, the UFC president said a mega fight between the Russian and the legendary Georges St-Pierre is not off the table either.

Khabib is undoubtedly the best lightweight on the planet at this moment in time
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Nurmagomedov is a perfect 28-0 and the lightweight champion of the world, with Ferguson perhaps being the only top name he is yet to conquer.

It’s the fight that makes sense to White and UFC fans alike, but the boss also acknowledges the difficulties of making it happen previously.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, he said: “Tony Ferguson is the fight that needs to happen.

“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.”

St-Pierre retired from MMA earlier this year in part due to the UFC’s reluctance to give him a super fight with Nurmagomedov.

Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre bows out at the top

That is known to be the preferred option in the Russian’s camp, even before Ferguson.

Although White clearly wants Ferguson in that spot, he is now open to making the GSP fight, too.

“That can happen, too,” he added. “We’ll see what happens with Tony. Tony’s had opportunities before that he didn’t take, so if he doesn’t, then I would be interested in talking about GSP.”

Conor McGregor is ‘pathetic excuse for a human being,’ says Georges St-Pierre’s coach Firas Zahabi

27 Aug

Georges St-Pierre’s coach has branded Conor McGregor a ‘pathetic excuse for a human being.’

In April, the Irishman punched an elderly man in the head during a confrontation in a Dublin bar, with video footage of the incident drawing widespread criticism of the UFC star.

Conor McGregor has been blasted for his actions outside the cage

McGregor has since admitted he was in the wrong and apologised.

Firas Zahabi, the renowned trainer of welterweight legend St-Pierre blasted ‘Notorious’ over the incident.

“I don’t care what anybody says, it is indefensible,” he said on his YouTube podcast.

“There is no defence to this except that this guy is a pathetic, sorry excuse for a human being.

“What a disgusting display. I don’t care how much money you have. I don’t care how famous you are in the world. If this is the type of person you are, your value is zero. Your value is zero.”

Despite McGregor claiming he has made amends, Zahabi believes the Dublin altercation was a reflection of his true colours.

“I’m sure 99 per cent of all Irish people who saw that are disgusted,” Zahabi continued. “99 per cent sure his coaching staff are disgusted. Everybody’s disgusted at this thing. He probably thought nobody was filming. We know that when nobody’s looking, McGregor will do the most disgusting acts. Those are his true colours.

“It’s just purely disgusting. I could not be more disappointed.”

McGregor is reportedly close to agreeing to face Floyd Mayweather in a live, updated version of the television classic Superstars on New Year’s Eve in Japan.

Superstars was a popular hit 1970s BBC program which showcased participants competing in different combat, strength and speed challenges, as well as physical endurance tests and it is thought McGregor has been offered £10m to take part.

Cyborg heading to Bellator? Georges St-Pierre rules out UFC return, Covington mocks Matt Hughes’ train accident

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Cris Cyborg heading to Bellator?

Cyborg’s association with the UFC appears to have come to an acrimonious end with her falling out with Dana White.

She is free from her contractual obligations and can sign for another promotion.

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Cris Cyborg looks set to leave the UFC[/caption]

Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd has welcomed a potential fight with the former UFC champion.

She told MMA Fighting: “The best 145-pounders in the world are here, it makes sense if she comes over to Bellator. I hope she signs with Bellator but we’ll see what she decides to do. I don’t know what her career plans are right now.”

Georges St-Pierre will not fight in UFC again

The Canadian fighter has only stepped into the Octagon once since 2013, when he won the middleweight belt from Michael Bisping.

Any UFC fans who were hoping to see the 38-year-old once again return to the sport had their hopes dashed.

“Competition, for me, it’s a chapter of my life that is over,” St-Pierre said in a backstage interview at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday, where he was cornering team-mate Nasrat Haqparast, who defeated Joaquim Silva

Covington makes fun of Matt Hughes’ train crash injuries

Colby Covington extended his UFC win streak to seven with his decision win over Robbie Lawler on Saturday.

His post-fights raised a few eyebrows, though, as he made reference to a train crash Matt Hughes was involved in.

Covington said: “Robbie should’ve learned from his good buddy Matt Hughes, you stay off the tracks when the trains coming through… Doesn’t matter if it’s the Trump train or the Colby train…”

Hughes suffered a serious head injury in 2017 when his truck collided with a train but he fortunately recovered.

Michael Bisping EXCLUSIVE: Former UFC Middleweight champion backs Georges St-Pierre to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

26 Jul

Michael Bisping has backed former foe Georges St-Pierre to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov is the two were to ever meet in the octagon.

Khabib extended his professional mixed martial arts record to 28-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night as he forced Dustin Poirier to tap to a rear-naked choke.

Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Dustin Poirier from start to finish
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The victory over ‘The Diamond’ at UFC 242 cemented the Russian’s status as the world’s best lightweight as he became the undisputed king at 155lbs.

But the possibility of a super-fight has left fans salivating at the prospect at seeing one of the world’s best come back.

The ‘Eagle’ has completely dismissed a rematch with Conor McGregor after annihilating the Irishman in Las Vegas last October and targeted fights with either Tony Ferguson, or Georges St-Pierre.

While a fight with ‘El Cucuy’ seems the most likely match-up, the possibility of seeing former two-weight world champion GSP back in the octagon is something the MMA community would relish.

But Bisping told talkSPORT before the fight with Poirier he feels as though fighting a much bigger man would prove to be Khabib’s downfall.

“I think Georges would beat Khabib,” he said.

“Khabib is very good, he’s 27-0, but we have weight classes for a reason.

“He doesn’t seem to want to jump up to 170 for a reason, which is why we have weight classes.

“Two guys, equal skill sets – the bigger guy wins.”

Although Bisping believes GSP would ultimately beat the Russian if they met in their legacy defining fight, the 40-year-old wants a crack at his former foe first.

He added: “Well I fought most of them – I’d like to fight GSP again! As I said, I went in there injured and I’d had the best training camp of my life.

“And then exactly a week before we had another sparring session, which we shouldn’t have done, and then I got taken down and a guy landed on my ribs and it was bad.

“So I’d like to re-do that one but, other than that, I was fortunate enough to fight most guys, most big names.”

UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov dismisses Conor McGregor rematch and targets ‘legacy’ fights with Tony Ferguson and GSP

12 Jun

Khabib Nurmagomedov ruled out a rematch with Conor McGregor and instead targeted ‘legacy’ fights with Tony Ferguson and Georges St-Pierre.

Speaking at a UFC 242 press conference in London, the Lightweight champion refused to overlook his opponent Dustin Poirier ahead of their bout in September.

‘The Diamond’ picked up the interim belt by defeating Featherweight champion Max Holloway in April while Nurmagomedov served his suspension from mixed martial arts.

Khabib Nurmagomedov all-but confirmed he would not fight Conor McGregor again

The Russian clambered over the cage at UFC 229 in the aftermath of his win against McGregor last October and was handed a retrospective nine-month ban and slapped with a $500,000 fine.

But when asked whether a rematch with McGregor was in the pipeline, Nurmagomedov said: “In the last three years, he only has one victory in amateur boxing.

“How does he deserve rematch? He tapped, he begged me; ‘Please don’t kill me.’ Tony Ferguson is on the line, guys with a win streak are on the line, not a guy who didn’t do nothing in three years.”

Ahead of his return, the 27-0 champion signed a new contract.

Khabib is escorted out of the T-Mobile Arena after defeating McGregor in October

According to manager Ali Abdelaziz, one of the clauses included in the deal allowed the Sambo expert to fight former Welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

The Canadian retired from the sport in February, but speculation about a super-fight between the two has been brewing, and Khabib would not be against it happening.

“Honestly, I don’t know if he [GSP] will come back,” Nurmagomedov added.

“If I want to make my legacy big, I have to beat [Tony] Ferguson and GSP, then I can become pound-for-pound number one,” he added.

The Russian wants to define his legacy by beating GSP and Tony Ferguson

Despite his newfound global fame and perfect record, Nurmagomedov is still humble enough to realise he will be in a serious fight in the UAE in three months time.

The Louisiana-native has added some serious names to his resume since moving to the 155-pound division back in 2015.

And Khabib is not planning on being the next to fall victim to the slugger’s incredible rise to the top.

He said: “I don’t want to underestimate Dustin, he’s a tough challenge, right now I don’t want to think about other opponents.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Georges St-Pierre ‘in the works’ as manager Ali Abdelaziz rubbishes chances of Tony Ferguson fight

30 Oct

Khabib Nurmagomedov is reportedly being lined up for a lucrative super-fight with Georges St-Pierre at catchweight, rather than a title defence against Tony Ferguson.

The UFC lightweight champion confidently dismantled Conor McGregor at UFC 229 earlier this month in his first title defence.

Khabib is the undefeated, 27-0, UFC lightweight champion

Although a rematch has been mooted, President Dana White has suggested former interim champion Tony Ferguson was next in line for a shot.

However, multiple sources are now suggesting a fight with the legendary GSP is next for the undefeated Russian.

According to MMA Team Dagestan, the fight is ‘in the works’ for some point in the future. The Twitter account was the first source to confirm Nurmagomedov’s bout against the ‘Notorious’.

MMA legend St-Pierre has not been seen inside the octagon since he became a two-weight world champion in November last year after defeating Michael Bisping to become the undisputed middleweight champion.

The Canadian relinquished the belt and, at 37 years of age and after his prestigious career, it appears he is cherry-picking fights.

Khabib’s American Kickboxing Academy teammate Daniel Cormier also suggested the fight is likely to happen next on Monday evening.

Cormier said recently on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Tony is great. I don’t dislike Tony Ferguson at all. I think he’s a phenomenal fighter, this dude’s a beast.

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Ferguson defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 and is next in line for a lightweight title shot

“I think he’s the tougher match-up for Khabib but I say do Khabib vs. Georges St-Pierre. That’s the fight. It’s big.”

Given the Canadian has conquered both the welterweight and middleweight division, the bout would reportedly happen at 165-lbs – in between lightweight and welterweight.

Given the Russian struggled with seizures before his fight with McGregor and St-Pierre has endured terrible trouble with ulcerative colitis, both fighters would surely agree to the improvised weight class.

Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz recently suggested his client was close to confirming his next opponent, by Tweeting: “We will blow your mind big news coming.”

However, the Egyptian appeared to pour water on lightweight contender Tony Ferguson’s chances of getting another title shot, after suggesting the American was not enough of a challenge.

He wrote: “You’re a good guy and you deserve a big fight. You should fight Conor or Nate or Gaethje or GSP I’m a big fan and love watching you fight but you’re one of the easiest fights in the top 5 stylistically for the eagle.”

Nurmagomedov is still awaiting punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his part in the brawl after the main event at UFC 229.

Although it is likely he will get a fine and a suspension of some sort, the hearing for both he and McGregor will take place on December 10.