UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been campaigning for a fight with former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre for some time.
That being said, the lightweight champion seems to think that the time for this matchup is drawing to a close, as St-Pierre is already 38 years old.
“If he want to fight, he can come back, but if he 38, he has to enjoy his age,” Nurmagomedov told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.
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While Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to think the window for this matchup is closing, it’s one he still wants, as St-Pierre is a massive star who can seemingly make the lightweight division’s 155-pound weight limit.
“Georges already was welterweight champion and middleweight champion, and I know if he comes back he wants to fight in lightweight championship,” Nurmagomedov said. “He can make weight, he’s not very big. He’s like 190 195 [pounds]. A lot of lightweights [weigh] more than him. I think he can make weight and it’s going to be a great fight if I fight with him, if I defend my title with him. For legacy, even for him, even for me, it’s going to be a great fight.”
While Khabib Nurmagomedov would love to fight Georges St-Pierre, he has nothing but nice things about the Canadian star. He has met St-Pierre, and even had dinner with him.
“Last time I meet him in Moscow, I stay in one hotel, and when I go to my room, I see him,” Nurmagomedov said of his last meeting with St-Pierre. “He’s sitting with his friends in restaurant. I come from his back, try to choke him a little bit (laughs). I meet him. We have good time in Moscow. A couple times, we get dinner together. It was before he fight with Michael Bisping. Of course I respect him. This guy in my opinion is greatest athlete ever who compete inside the UFC. Him and Fedor [Emelianenko] is two greatest, in my opinion.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 7/10/2019.