One of MMA’s all-time greats Georges St-Pierre (GSP) was last seen making some history inside the Octagon at UFC 217 when he beat Michael Bisping. He hasn’t stepped inside the cage since. There were numerous talks about him fighting inside the octagon again against the current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Both fighters have publically expressed interest in fighting each other with the most recent call out coming from Khabib Nurmagomedov. He called out GSP for a charity fight following his win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi has also previously said that ‘Rush’ would get back into the cage if the Khabib fight was offered.
“I think so. I think it’s a possibility,” Zahabi told fightTips recently. “Listen, I don’t want to talk for the guy but I don’t think he’s done. I just he’s so competitive that one day he’s gonna see a guy that everyone thinks is unbeatable and then he’s going to want to come back. Khabib’s one of those guys but it has to be like a 165 fight. Will the UFC do it? That’s the question.”
Zahabi gave a quick breakdown of how the GSP vs Khabib fight would pan out and according to him, the Russian won’t be able to take him down more than once.
“There’s no way I can tell you I’m not biased,” Zahabi said. “I’m biased for sure. But I think Georges just his kicking ability alone, his kicking ability alone will bank him rounds. They’re both good jabbers. I think Khabib is a good jabber but defensively, Georges is far superior. His boxing is longer and better, more precise – if you look at it statistically, his numbers are better – and he has a superior kicking ability.
“Even if Khabib were to take Georges down – let’s give him the best case scenario – I think Georges is getting up, personally. He’s going to get up. Georges’ jiu-jitsu is impeccable. It’s impeccable. It’s not gonna be like holding down anybody in the 155 division today.
“It’s another level. Georges, even if Khabib gets him down – and I love Khabib, I’m a mega Khabib fan, as a person and as a fighter, I’m a huge fan of his – Georges’ ability to get up is incredible and I’ll be surprised if Khabib gets more than one takedown. It would shock me, it would surprise me to be honest with you.
“Georges is incredibly hard to take down. Look at his career, how many times did he get taken down? And when he was taken down, how long did he stay down? It was a fraction of a second. He’s always up. He’s a difficult human being to keep down.” Zahabi said (H/T – MMA Fighting)
Khabib Nurmagomedov is meanwhile scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 249 in Brooklyn, New York on April 19.
Do you guys agree with Firas Zahabi about how GSP vs Khabib Nurmagomedov will turn out?