The UFC have just unveiled the biggest fight of 2018, with Conor McGregor set to fight lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in October, but it’s now possible another blockbuster match-up could follow on from it.
Speaking to Submission Radio, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has revealed that he could return to the Octagon for a chance to fight the winner of that fight, provided the company was interested in seeing it.
“I would be interested in that fight,” St-Pierre said. “That’s a win-win situation. It’s a legacy upgrade and it’s good money, it’s going to be a good fight. However, I fought at 170 [pounds] and I relinquish the title, I fought at 185 and I relinquished the title, I don’t think the UFC will let me fight for the title at 155.
“They will be afraid I will relinquish and I left the division in ruins.”
As for who he thinks will emerge as the winner in that match-up, St-Pierre is leaning towards Nurmagomedov.
“If I have to bet, if I have to put my house on it, I would have to choose Khabib over Conor. Khabib has never lost, he never lost. Conor has lost before, he has lost on the ground, which is where Khabib is good. That’s where Khabib is the most competent at. However, Khabib sometimes is a slow starter and it’s hard sometimes to close distance, he has a problem to close the distance but once he’s got you in the clinch, he’s very good.
“The odds go in Khabib’s favor, maybe 60 to 40 I believe.”