Georges “GSP” St-Pierre, 37, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada could be the first fighter to defeat reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. The latter recent talked about his return to the octagon.
In a recent interview with Russian channel Match TV, Nurmagomedov named St-Pierre as the opponent he wanted to fight next. The undefeated Dagestani champ described the Canadian mixed martial artist as the greatest fighter to ever step in the octagon.
Nurmagomedov revealed that his next UFC fight may take place at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States in November 2019. The last time he competed was at “UFC 229,” which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, USA on October 6, 2018.
In the main event of “UFC 229,” Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC Lightweight Championship title from Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland. After 3 minutes and 3 seconds in the fourth round, the defending champion submitted his challenger, who is a former champion in the division.
Beating McGregor at “UFC 229” improved Nurmagomedov’s professional MMA record to 27 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, St-Pierre currently has 26 wins and 2 losses.
St-Pierre is one of the UFC fighters who captured championship titles in two different divisions. He was a two-time UFC Welterweight Champion.
On November 4, 2017, St-Pierre captured the UFC Middleweight Championship title at “UFC 217” at the Madison Square Garden by submitting Michael “The Count” Bisping, 39, of Manchester, England. But on December 7, 2017, the Canadian fighter vacated the title due to ulcerative colitis and on the same day then Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, 28, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia was promoted to the undisputed champion of the division.
Since “UFC 217,” St-Pierre has not competed again. He recently confirmed that agents are trying to arrange a fight between him and Nurmagomedov.
“I know Khabib wanted to fight me and I wanted to fight him,” St-Pierre said. “It’s not about feeling. It’s just about respect.”
For St-Pierre, what excites him as an athlete is to be able to fight someone who seems to be invincible. Here is the Canadian fighter talking about his upcoming fight with the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion: