Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has claimed that Georges St-Pierre recently suggested they both come back out of retirement for a superfight at 165lbs.
“Ten days ago, Dana White called me. And he said, ‘Georges St-Pierre, he said he will fight Khabib. Non-title fight, 165 pounds,’” Abdelaziz said on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast. “But in a way, we’ve been waiting for Georges… I like Georges. He’s my friend,” he said.
“We’ve been waiting for Georges for four or five years. ‘I’m coming, I’m not coming.’ At the end of the day, the UFC wanted to make him fight at lightweight. He went on to welterweight. Khabib was the lightweight champion. But now he said, ‘Hey, Khabib’s retired, I’m retired, what about coming back (to) fight Khabib now?’
Abdelaziz then went on to suggest that Khabib would be too much for GSP to handle at this stage in his life.
“…To be honest, as a human, I don’t want to see Georges St-Pierre in this… He’s 40 years old today. It’s his birthday. Khabib is a… the man wrestled bears, alligators, and lions. They both have the same game, but Khabib is much younger, more ferocious. I don’t think it will be even a fair fight.”
However, it seems that Abdelaziz isn’t really all that concerned about GSP’s safety after all as he went on to suggest an alternative opponent for him, who he also happens to manage – welterewight champion Kamaru Usman.
“The pound-for-pound king right now, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman,” Abdelaziz said. “The man never lost a fight in the UFC, never got touched in the UFC, he smashed everybody. If (GSP) wants to come back and fight somebody ‘invincible’ like he wants, hey. They’re the same weight.
“Georges St-Pierre can come back, fight Kamaru Usman. I’ll be more than happy, the UFC will be more than happy, and it will be such a huge fight.
“I think Georges is also smart. (He saw how Usman) dismantled Jorge Masvidal. And Georges, does he want to get hurt, get knocked out like that at this age of his life? Maybe not.”