Georges St. Pierre Treating Khabib Nurmagomedov Like His Son
There is significant talk surrounding a potential matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St. Pierre. The veteran 36-year-old returned this time last year after 4 years away from the sport. But he certainly remained in the minds of fans around the world. After his UFC 223 sin, Nurmagomedov called out St-Pierre as his first title defense later in the year. St-Pierre declined, on medical grounds.
Despite this, the Canadian has tremendous respect for the Russian, saying in a 2017 interview:
“I think actually one of the best pound-for-pound in the world, maybe the best pound-for-pound in the world is Khabib Nurmagomedov. I always said it. For me, he’s probably the best pound-for-pound. Unfortunately, I believe people don’t give him enough credit. Maybe because he’s not American, he’s not someone who talks a lot of trash like Conor McGregor, he’s someone who’s very respectful, he doesn’t make a lot of noise by talking. But the same thing, as I said before about me, is that the resume speaks by itself. You know, the guy’s undefeated, he beat everybody.”
Calls for a lightweight matchup between the two have had water sprayed on them by MMA analyst, Robin Black:
“It’s a wonderful fight, but I don’t think the UFC would like it – they don’t want Georges fighting at 155, and right now they like to have a conflict, they like to have controversy, they like to have hate, they like to have drama. And Georges St-Pierre ain’t giving you much drama!”
Back in the day, GSP was one of Khabib’s close acquaintances, forming part of his support network, taking him under his experienced wing. There are a number of photos, as well as video footage showing the relationship the two once had.
Check out a clip showing their close bond below.