Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov manager reveals who UFC star will fight next | UFC | Sport

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next opponent won’t be Tony Ferguson, according to the Russian’s manager Ali Abdelaziz.

Nurmagomedov returned from an 11-month hiatus last weekend in the main event of UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, where he successfully defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier.

After the bout, the general consensus in the mixed martial arts world was that the Dagestan native’s next opponent should be former interim 155lb champion Ferguson, who he’s been scheduled to face a staggering four times.

But according to Abdelaziz, former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is next in line for ‘The Eagle’.

“Nobody really cares about what Tony says,” Abdelaziz told TMZ. “Nobody gives a s**t really. As far as I know, ‘GSP’ is next. That is what I want.

“Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”

Nurmagomedov is eager to face St-Pierre, who retired from mixed martial arts in February, and believes a victory over the French-Canadian would solidify his claim to being the best fighter in the sport’s history.

Abdelaziz agrees with that notion, saying: “If you’re going to compare Tony Ferguson, he beat a whole bunch of guys, but he never been a champion.

“I’m talking about if Khabib is going to fight for legacy, a fight with Georges St-Pierre will be a huge fight.

“Dana White is a business man. That’s why he’s the best promoter of all time.

“I think him and Georges St-Pierre make a lot more money and more headlines. People will care more. It’s a fight for who is the greatest of all time.”

St-Pierre, 38, is keen to test his luck against Nurmagomedov but believes the UFC brass are scared to let him fight their golden goose.

“I wanted to fight Khabib, because I could have lost big but at least I could win big,” the future UFC Hall of Famer said in an interview with DAZN.

“If I fight another contender that doesn’t have the same platform, the same legacy, it feels to me that I have a lot more to lose than to win.

“And I also said that I wanted to retire on top.

“So for me, if I ever come back, it’s not impossible, but right now I don’t see anything.

“The UFC refused a fight with Khabib and nothing else really excites me.

“It makes sense in a way that my agent explained to me. Maybe Nurmagomedov represents a significant investment to the UFC.

“He’s reached a different type of clientele, maybe in the Middle East, and has the Muslim world idolising him. He’s like an icon.

“Imagine that they invest a lot of money to promote a big fight between Khabib and I and I win the fight?”

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