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Khabib fight '50 per cent more likely' for Georges St-Pierre if Russian is 'stellar' against Gaethje


UFC legend Georges St-Pierre ‘is 50 per cent more likely’ to come out of retirement for mega-fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov if champion delivers ‘amazing performance’ against Justin Gaethje, reveals Canadian’s coach

  • Khabib Nurgamomedov faces Justin Gaethje on October 24 at UFC 254  
  • Retired MMA legend Georges St-Pierre will be watching the fight with interest
  • The Canadian retired in 2019 but a legacy bout with Khabib could tempt a return
  • GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi believes Khabib must beat Gaethje in style to do so

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy would be bulletproof with a victory over Georges St-Pierre, but the Russian must tempt the UFC icon out of retirement first.  

According to GSP’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, the lightweight title holder has a chance to do just that on October 24 when he meets Justin Gaethje in the octagon. 

The Canadian retired in February 2019 as one of the greats but a shot at a legacy fight against the dominant champion could be too good to turn down for the 39-year-old. 

Georges St-Pierre’s trainer has admitted the Canadian could be temped out of retirement 

Khabib Nurmagomedov clashes with Justin Gaethje on October 24 for the lightweight title

Khabib Nurmagomedov clashes with Justin Gaethje on October 24 for the lightweight title 

GSP's coach Firas Zahabi believes a stellar win over Gaethje could setup a fight with Khabib

GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi believes a stellar win over Gaethje could setup a fight with Khabib

‘Georges vs. Khabib, I think, is the only fight Georges will come back for, to be honest with you,’ Zahabi told Sherdog. 

‘I think it’s the only one, if Khabib – we’re all expecting him to win his next fight – does it in decisive fashion, I think it will greatly increase the odds that he fights Georges in the future.

‘If he loses, there would be no possibility in Georges’ mind. But if he has a great performance – which I think he will – I think that ups the chances greatly. Let’s just say that. 

‘If he has a stellar performance, I think it will be a 50 percent chance that it entices Georges to come back for one more fight.’

GSP retired back in February 2019 but a legacy bout with the Russian could be too tempting

GSP retired back in February 2019 but a legacy bout with the Russian could be too tempting

The Canadian's trainer Zahabi believes a big performance from Khabib could see him face GSP

The Canadian’s trainer Zahabi believes a big performance from Khabib could see him face GSP

Gaethje was the man who stepped in to replace Nurmagomedov and produce a shock victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, dominating the American behind-closed-doors in May.

The Russian is firm favourite for the October 24 clash but it has been more than a year since the 29-year-old last fought, enduring an emotional 12-months. 

Khabib’s father and trainer died after contracting Covid-19 in July and it’s unclear whether the champion’s dominance will be affected in the ring. 

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