KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV could be tempted to reverse his decision to retire from MMA for a legacy fight with Georges St-Pierre, according to his manager Ali Abdelaziz.
The undefeated Russian retired from the sport last October after submitting Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254.
Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254Credit: Getty
Ali Abdelaziz reckons a legacy fight with Georges St-Pierre could tempt Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirementCredit: Getty
Nurmagomedov, 32, hung up his gloves as his mother didn’t want him to continue fighting without his late father – Abdulmanap – by his side.
UFC president Dana White is confident of convincing Nurmagomedov to fight again, although the Dagestani destroyer is adamant he’s done competing.
But Abdelaziz reckons The Eagle could be lured out of retirement for a blockbuster fight with former two-division champion St-Pierre, who his late father was desperate for him to face.
The Dominance MMA chief told TMZ: “Honestly, I think if Georges St-Pierre is serious about coming back to fight, I could see it happening, that would get Khabib up.”
St-Pierre, 39, is eager to test himself against Nurmagomedov and become the UFC‘s first three-weight world champion.
Although the Canadian recently revealed he’s wary of putting his life on hold for the super-fight.
Nurmagomedov is set to have a meeting with White to discuss his future and that of the lightweight title, which, despite his retirement, is not vacant.
Abdelaziz said: “My man Dana White and Khabib are going to meet. I think they’re going to meet in Abu Dhabi.
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“And after that, Khabib’s gonna come to Vegas and then they’re going to go for dinner in Vegas and we’re going to figure it out.”
Abdelaziz insists he won’t get involved in the talks between the pair, adding: “What do they want to do?
“Like I said, this is big boys’ business. I’m going to let them do what they do and I’ll be a fan.”
Should Nurmagomedov opt to stay retired, Abdelaziz won’t question his decision.
He said: “Khabib trains every day, he spars, he grapples. He trains, probably, more than a lot of professional fighters. Right?
“And he’s passionate about it. But at the end of the day, I have to respect him, I have to respect his wishes.”