A UFC “dream fight is closer than ever to becoming reality” according to a couple of the sport’s top insiders. MMA journalist Ariel Helwani and retired UFC superstar Chael Sonnen discussed the potential superfight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and retired Hall of Fame champ Georges St-Pierre during a recent episode of ESPN’s “Ariel and The Bad Guy”.
“Does Khabib fight…the great Georges St-Pierre before its all said and done?” Helwani asked.
“I think we’re a lot more likely to get that…,” Sonnen said.
You can watch the two stalwart insiders discuss the megafight below.
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Khabib-GSP Would Be Huge Superfight
Sonnen called the potential Khabib-GSP superfight in April 2020 one of the “biggest fights” that could “possibly be imagined” and said the only thing that held up the fight from happening before now was that UFC president Dana White did not want to put his lightweight champion in a risky fight against St-Pierre that might leave the company without a 155-pound champ after it was over.
St-Pierre had already done that to the company before when he came back after four years away from the sport to grab the UFC middleweight title against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in 2017.
St-Pierre won the fight but retired again right after it was over. So the UFC was left with a vacant title at 185.
But with Nurmagomedov considering April 2020 as his final fight date, Sonnen now believes there’s nothing left standing in the way of the megafight becoming a reality.
UFC 255: Khabib-Gaethje Happens First
The undefeated 31-year-old dynamo Nurmagomedov is set to take on interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje in his next fight on October 24 at UFC 255.
But it also seems like the “The Eagle” is already thinking about who he wants to get his hands on after that.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto shared a screenshot from the fighter’s Instagram page last week in which Nurmagomedov laid out his vision of facing St-Pierre in April 2020.
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