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In a recent interview with ACA fighter Magomed Ismailov, Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke about several of the names closely associated with his career. He doubted Conor McGregor’s chances of making a real comeback, as “a man can’t have two primes.” He also expressed doubt regarding Tony Ferguson, who Khabib painted as too old to be an elite Lightweight.
Those are two names from his past, however. More recently, the only chance of seeing Nurmagomedov return to the Octagon seems to lie in Georges St. Pierre. Nurmagomedov has long admired “GSP,” and the two have publicly chased a super fight several times over the years.
Finally, Nurmagomedov seems to have fully given up on that bout. “When you say Georges St-Pierre, that name really motivates me,” Khabib said (transcription via MMAFighting). “GSP really makes me excited and so on but it’s all over, brother. He’s 40 years old. Let’s just leave it. For sure we like him as a human being. He is the legend. He is the decent representation of mixed martial arts. Let it be like this, there’s GSP and Khabib.”
With Nurmagomedov himself admitting the St. Pierre fight is dead in the water, the odds of Nurmagomedov returning appear lower than ever. Despite Dana White’s best attempts and several callouts from top contenders, Nurmagomedov is satisfied with his career and accomplishments.
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