After Khabib Nurmagomedov’s latest title win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, fans are clamouring to see the undefeated Dagestani take on former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who is on a whopping twelve fight win streak.
Nurmagomedov, however, is more interested in a megafight with retired pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre, who is considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time.
That’s according to Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who told TMZ Sports in a recent interview that no one cares what ‘El Cucuy’ wants.
“Nobody really cares about what Tony says,” Abdelaziz said, per Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie. “Nobody gives a (expletive) really. As far as I know, GSP is next. That is what I want. Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”
“Georges is my friend for 10 years, and I know Georges wants to fight Khabib,” he continued. “If you’re going to compare Tony Ferguson, he beat a whole bunch of guys, but he never been a champion. I’m talking about if Khabib is going to fight for legacy, a fight with Georges St-Pierre will be a huge fight. Dana White is a business man. That’s why he’s the best promoter of all time. I think him and Georges St-Pierre make a lot more money and more headlines. People will care more. It’s a fight for who is the greatest of all time.”
Abdelaziz also shut down a possible rematch with former dual-division champ Conor McGregor, who was submitted by Nurmagomedov at last year’s PPV-smashing event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Conor is like a sour ex-girlfriend; she can’t get anybody else,” Abdelaziz said. “This is what Conor is. He’s irrelevant, and you heard what Justin Gaethje said. He’s not a good person. The train has left him.”
According to Abdelaziz, who also manages the likes of Henry Cejudo and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Khabib would like to return to the Octagon by the end of the year.
The 30-year-old phenom dominated — and later submitted — Dustin Poirier in the third round of the UFC 242 main event to retain his lightweight title and extend his professional record to a perfect 28-0.