It’s pretty much all but confirmed that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next fight will take place in Abu Dhabi against Dustin Poirier with the undisputed lightweight championship on the line.
It comes as no surprise that the Dagestan native is a popular name and continues to be called out.
Donald Cerrone wants a shot at the gold, Tony Ferguson – who looks to be fighting Cowboy – won’t rest until he and The Eagle do meet and you can’t forget both Conor McGregor and Al Iaquinta either.
Still, it’s the retired Georges St-Pierre that Khabib has remained vocal about wanting to meet inside of the Octagon.
Even though GSP has remained quiet about fighting Nurmagomedov or even coming out of retirement, Ali Abdelaziz – Khabib’s manager – is confident that the fight can come to fruition, despite being a friend of GSP’s.
When speaking to TMZ Sports, he said “I love Georges St-Pierre.
“Khabib’s dream fight is Georges St-Pierre. Georges St-Pierre’s dream fight is Khabib. If the UFC and Georges can get a deal done, we’d be more than happy to do it.
“It would be such an honour to fight a legend like him. But at the end of the day, I don’t manage Georges St-Pierre. He has a team. I got involved before to help [when Michael Bisping fought him]. But Georges is a friend of mine.
“And If Khabib goes out there and beat these [next] two opponents up and asks the UFC, I’m sure Dana White will go ahead and make it happen.”
Saying it is one thing but actually getting both parties to sit down and thrash out a deal is another.
Abdelaziz added that the weight class seems to be the major issue which is preventing the fight from taking place in the Octagon.
He added: “But Georges also has to play ball, and his team have to play ball.
“I don’t think it’s about money, I think it’s about weight. The problem is about weight, what weight class they’ll fight in.”
The 165lbs division is one a lot of fighters have campaigned for, to bridge the gap between lightweight and welterweight with Ben Askren a big advocate so he too can fight Nurmagomedov.
Although, UFC president Dana White has continued to play down talks of the division debuting in the UFC, so the weight issues could stop this from ever happening.
What do you make of Ali Abdelaziz claiming that weight issues are what’s stopping Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.