Russian mixed martial artist (MMA) Khabib Nurmagomedov can hold his last fight in his career against Canadian Georges Saint-Pierre, said the head of the Ultimate fighting championship (UFC) Dayna White.
The upcoming opponent of Nurmagomedov will be American Justin Gaethje, who on May 9 in Jacksonville (USA) prematurely defeated compatriot Tony Ferguson and won the belt of the interim UFC lightweight champion. Their match is scheduled to take place in October in Abu Dhabi. Initially, it was supposed to take place in September. Still, then white said that the organization will not bother Nurmagomedov yet and will give him time to recover from the loss of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. The latter died on July 3 at the age of 58 from complications caused by a coronavirus.
“Conor (McGregor), he wants a rematch, he wants it since his last fight with Nurmagomedov (in October 2018). I don’t know if it’s possible to organize this fight, but we’ll see how it ends. Of course, the option of a fight against St-Pierre is possible, if this is Nurmagomedov’s last fight. He proved to be excellent in single combats, in sports. I like Khabib, so I’m ready to organize whatever he wants,” White was quoted as saying by ESPN.
Earlier, Nurmagomedov wanted to fight against St-Pierre, who announced his retirement in February 2019. The 39-year-old Canadian stated that he is ready to resume his career only for the sake of a fight with Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov is the current UFC lightweight champion, with the 31-year-old Russian having 28 wins in 28 fights.