UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has a lot of options on the table for his next fight. There’s a rematch with Conor McGregor. There’s a long awaited fight with top-contender Tony Ferguson, and matchups with other top contenders like Dustin Poirier or Kevin Lee.
Of all the options available to Khabib Nurmagomedov, however, there is one that his father Abdulmanap likes best of all: a fight with former UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Speaking to the Russian newspaper Izvestia this week, the elder Nurmagomedov explained why he likes this matchup so much, and divulged that the fight could happen at a catchweight, or at welterweight.
See a rough translation of Abdulmanap’s comments on a Georges St-Pierre fight below.
“This is exactly the opposition that I have always dreamed of,” he said. “St-Pierre defended the championship belt nine times and became the best in two weight categories. We even agree to go to battle with St-Pierre at an intermediate weight of 74 kg [163 lbs], 75 kg [165 lbs], of course, if Saint-Pierre will be comfortable in this weight. Even, perhaps, let’s go to the category of 77 kg [170 lbs] and fight with him in the limit of the welterweight, although this is not our weight category.”
Before Khabib Nurmagomedov engages in a potential fight with Georges St-Pierre or any of the men mentioned above, of course, he will have to accept his punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The undefeated lightweight champion is currently in hot water for his role in UFC 229’s infamous post-fight brawl, in which he leapt over the cage and attacked McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis.
With his defeat of Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov improved to 27-0. Other highlights of his resume include defeats of Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson and Rafael dos Anjos.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/20/2018.