If Khabib Nurmagomedov makes an attempt to retire with knowledgeable file of 30-0 — a feat his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, talked about in 2019 — UFC president Dana White says he would permit the light-weight champion to decide on his remaining opponent.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) has not mentioned a lot publicly since his father died earlier this month due to coronary heart issues. His supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, has acknowledged publicly that Nurmagomedov intends to face interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje earlier than the tip of 2020.
Ought to Nurmagomedov defeat Gaethje, which isn’t any small activity, he would enhance to 29-0. Abdelaziz not too long ago advised UFC Arabia that Nurmagomedov would then go for 30-Zero earlier than retirement.
On Monday, White advised ESPN that he would assist Nurmagomedov’s selection of a remaining opponent, together with former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“On the finish of the day, the Conor McGregor [rematch], I do know Conor has wished that struggle because the final one [in October 2018],” White mentioned. “That is a struggle to make, however I do not know. We’ll see how this performs out. Positive, [I would be open to St-Pierre] if it is his final struggle. This man’s been nice to the corporate, nice to the game. I like Khabib loads. I’d do something Khabib wished to do.”
Nurmagomedov has expressed curiosity in a struggle in opposition to St-Pierre, who is taken into account a legend within the sport, for years. He has mentioned it is a struggle that each he and his late father had curiosity in, given their huge respect for St-Pierre. Nurmagomedov even proposed a struggle in opposition to St-Pierre in February 2019, when the latter introduced his determination to retire from blended martial arts.
Throughout his retirement announcement, St-Pierre revealed that there have been talks for the superfight, however the UFC went one other path.
“We tried to prepare the struggle,” St-Pierre mentioned. “I do know Khabib wished it and I wished it, however the UFC has different plans.”