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No match in UFC history, perhaps not even in the relatively short MMA history, has had the type of build-up Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson has had. Four bouts which were supposed to happen were cancelled due to different circumstances turning from a match of two lightweight contenders to a long-awaited fight between a pair of top 10 Pound-for-pound UFC fighters.
However, UFC’ s president Dana White is still not denying the possibility of a super-fight between Khabib and Georges Saint-Pierre, UFC’s former Welterweight and Middleweight champion of the world, even with proclaiming Tony Ferguson – ‘next in line’.
“(The fight with Georges St-Pierre) can happen, too. We’ll see what happens with Tony. Tony’s had opportunities before that he didn’t take, so if he doesn’t, I would be interested in talking about GSP.”
White has not been inclusive of GSP in the lead-up to Khabib vs. Poirier, confirming on several occasions that Ferguson is next in line, no matter what happens.
Georges Saint-Pierre has been officially retired for over a year and half, this time retiring as the UFC Middleweight champion (having claimed it at UFC 217) due to medical issues. Nonetheless, GSP is one of the rare fighters known for strict practice routines out of competition. Even though Georges’ decision seemed final, he has since stated that he would still be eager to return for ‘legacy fights’.
And what would be a better legacy fight for GSP than claiming a third division title in the UFC? And if Khabib were to beat Tony, what would be a better ending to his career than a win over a sure GOAT candidate for the perfect 30-0?