UFC: Is there anything to the latest Khabib – GSP rumors?

Daniel Cunningham
Sep 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Khabib Nurmagomedov during a press conference for UFC 229 at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

This week the UFC world has been buzzing with another rumor surrounding Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0). This rumor all started a few days ago when former fighter and broadcaster, Kenny Florian, talked about a potential superfight on his podcast with Jon Anik. 

On the podcast, Florian said, “It (The Rumor) comes from a well-known coach who apparently is aware of a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and a legend of the UFC in Georges St. Pierre. Supposedly, that is a fight that Georges might be getting ready for.”

Of course, this has had the world buzzing. It’s worth noting that Florian might be talking about Firas Zahabi who is his former coach as well as the head coach of GSP. Nevertheless, Florian might actually be someone who knows something.

Since then, the manager of the UFC lightweight champion has come out and said that the rumor was, “Fake news.” Ever since Khabib retired after UFC 254, people have said that the only fight he would come back for is a fight with Georges St. Pierre (26-2).

Will the UFC ever make it happen?

Dana White recently has said that the fight would never get made. However, there is a lot of things that Dana has said would never happen and they did. For example, Tito Ortiz returning to the UFC or women fighting in the UFC.

Moral of the story is to never say never in this game. Now, the likelihood of this fight actually happening is pretty low. Khabib’s late father, Abdulmanap, wanted the GSP fight to be Khabib’s final fight in the UFC.

To the Nurmagomedov’s, GSP was the perfect opponent to cement his legacy at 30-0. St. Pierre has been vocal about his desire to take the fight if that fight is ever offered to him by the UFC.

That said, with each passing day, GSP gets a little older. The former two-division champion has only fought once since 2013 and he turns 40 in May. I lean on the side of thinking this fight isn’t going to happen. However, there’s been smoke there for a long time and whoever truly knows with the UFC.