Khabib declined recent offers to fight Floyd Mayweather for $100 million, Georges St-Pierre
Previous UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov continues to remain real to his word.
According to his supervisor Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov (29-0) stays retired, regardless of some extremely rewarding deals that have actually come his method just recently.
In a current episode of “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” Abdelaziz declared Nurmagomedov, given that his October retirement, got a nine-figure deal to combat boxing terrific Floyd Mayweather. Nurmagomedov decreased.
Furthermore, Abdelaziz included UFC president Dana White connected as just recently as this previous week. According to Abdelaziz, White passed on that previous UFC welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre aspires to combat Nurmagomedov, regardless of both guys’s retirement statuses.
“Two weeks ago, (or) 10 days ago, Dana White called me,” Abdelaziz stated. “He said, ‘Georges St-Pierre, he said he’ll fight Khabib in a non-title fight at 165 pounds.’ In a way, we’ve been waiting for Georges. I like Georges. He’s my friend. I like Georges. … We’ve been waiting for Georges for four or five years. ‘I’m coming. I’m not coming.’ … Now, (St-Pierre) said, ‘Hey, Khabib is retired. I’m retired. What about coming back and fighting Khabib now?”
“But you know, Khabib got offered $100 million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather,” Abdelaziz continued. “$100 million. $100 million. You can ask Floyd. You can ask everybody. Khabib said, ‘No, I’m retired. I told my mother I’m retired. I’m going to keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again, maybe I will. But right now, she told me not to fight.’”
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Taking his customer at his word, Abdelaziz showed that if St-Pierre is wanting to return versus an all-time terrific, he must combat present UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman (19-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 14-0 UFC), whom he likewise handles.
“Georges St-Pierre wanted to come back,” Abdelaziz stated. “He wanted someone untouchable, right? That’s true. The pound-for-pound king right now? ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman. That man never lost a fight in the UFC. (He) never got touched in the UFC. He’s smashed everybody, right? In a way, if he wants to come back and fight somebody invincible, hey, they’re the same weight. Come back. Georges St-Pierre can come back and fight Kamaru Usman. I’ll be more than happy. The UFC will be more than happy. It will be such a huge fight.”
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Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre (26-2) revealed interest in combating one another in the past. Ahead of his 29-0 record-clinching success over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 last October, Nurmagomedov name-dropped St-Pierre as a perfect challenger for his 30th (and then-thought to be last) battle.
Following Nurmagomedov’s retirement, St-Pierre deflected questioning regarding whether he would have accepted the battle had it been provided and had Nurmagomedov not revealed his retirement inside the cage.
St-Pierre, 40, has actually not completed given that a one-off resurgence battle versus Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November 2017. The battle was St-Pierre’s very first in 4 years.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.