Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight GSP in the works

The official Team Dagestan Twitter page has tweeted an announcement about a work-in-progress fight between their own Khabib Nurmamogedov and the former welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.

This appears to be the “big news” that MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz referred to in his tweet yesterday.

News about huge fights, however small, were announced first by Team Dagestan in the past, the last being the fight between Artem Lobov vs Zubaira Tukhugov, although the match was called of in light of the brawl at UFC 229, and had to be changed.

If negotiations go through and the fight is confirmed, the 155-pound Dagestani champion will defend his belt for the second time. However, pending punishment from the NSAC for the UFC 229 brawl, the fight will likely not happen this year.

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On the other side of this story, GSP has been vocal about his interest in fighters long after his win over Michael Bisping, eying the winner of the UFC 229 main-event fight between Khabib and  McGregor. Whether he was fighting again in the welterweight or the lightweight division was still a mystery. However, the recent tweet from team Dagestan may clarify St. Pierre’s intentions.

BackBin July, he was offered by the UFC to fight against Nate Diaz, but the Canadian was not interested, as he saw this as a money opportunity, and was instead seeking legacy fights.

As this news develops, we shall he if a legacy fight comes to fruition.

 

Breaking: Darren Till vs Tyron Woodley at UFC 228

Liverpool’s own number two ranked welterweight Darren “The Gorilla” Till (17-0-1) is confirmed via Dana White, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, to fight current UFC welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (18-3-1) for the title at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.

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News: Diaz accuses GSP of using steroids

Earlier this week, Dana White dropped the bomb that George St. Pierre vs. Nate Diaz is in the works for August 4th. Via Twitter, Nate has decided to add an extra snap, crackle and pop to procedings and give his side of thought about White’s declaration.

He started the verbal punches by claiming St. Pierre was on steroids during the 2013 bout with brother Nick (where GSP defended his at the time untouchable welterweight championship) with a lop-sided unanimous decision win over the eldest Diaz brother.

A fight between GSP and Nate would argueably be the biggest fight of the UFC year so far, and judging by the first comments from Nate, you can already sense the fire that the press conferences will throw up. The Stockton mentality is something that has been greatly missed in MMA, and Nate has brought it back with a bang in his first public comment.

GSP would be making his lightweight debut, and Diaz would definetly be far from a walk in the park. If the rumoured fight comes to fruition, it seems George may be planning to solidify his name as the “GOAT” by being the first man to win 3 belts in UFC history with the move down to lightweight. If Nate is able to get under the skin of a depleted GSP, this may not be as much of a one sided fight as people think.

One thing is guaranteed, the coming weeks are going to be interesting, and without a doubt entertaining. Let us all hope that the MMA stars align and we see this come together.

Opinion: George St. Pierre vs Nate Diaz: The UFC masterplan

With alot of talk happening of GSP vs Diaz, its clear too see what game the UFC are playing. With the fight happening at lightweight, they are obviously trying to line up a super fight between McGregor and Rush.

In my opinion, that is only one facet of the plan. With a fight of this magnitude, they need to hold the fight in one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world. The MGM grand or Madison Square Garden may be the choice of many a fight fan, but this arena is grander again.

The arena in question goes by the name of Croke Park.

‘Croker’ may not be well known to many off the shores of the emerald isle, but ask any Irish man, woman or child and they will tell you about the folklore and legends that have been created on the hollowed turf.

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Ireland’s finest sporting moments have been seen here, and what finer sporting moment would there be than the fighting pride of Dublin taking on arguably one of the biggest names in combat sports history.

In terms of PPV numbers, GSP vs Mcgregor will be the biggest event ever, a possible 2 million plus buys could be expected for this. The capacity, if this event does happen, will be in excess of 90,000. And with it being held in Conor’s back yard, you can bet your house that the arena will be brimmed. We are quite simply looking at something that could well be the biggest event in sporting history, never mind MMA.

Dana White has teased Croke Park in the past but has never followed through on his word. Possibly because no fight has deserved the right to be held in Croke Park. Not that I am knocking any fighter Mcgregor has fought, but the last fight to be held in “Croker” was a Muhammed Ali fight, so the fight that happens has to be the stuff of absolute legend.

I recently attended Croke Park for a GAA match, and with an attendance of 9000 or so the atmosphere was still electric. I found myself that if McGregor did fight here, there would be an atmosphere that the world would never have seen before, and probably will never see again.

Croke Park is the perfect Arena to house GSP vs McGregor, its just a question of whether everything will fall into place now.

The rocky road to Dublin begins with GSP vs Diaz…

News: Dana White targeting Nate Diaz vs Georges St-Pierre for UFC 227 co-main event

Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jim Norton and Matt Serra, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he is working toward matching Nate Diaz (20-11) and the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges “Rush” St-Pierre(26-2). The fight is intended to serve as the co-main event for UFC 227.

At the 1:10:00-1:10:57 of the podcast, Dana goes into the topic of Stockton native where he confirms that his intention is for Diaz to fight St-Pierre at UFC 227 in the lightweight division.

St-Pierre was the most dominant welterweight champion in UFC history. After vacating the title and stepping away from the sport, the Canadian returned in dramatic fashion last year, capturing the UFC middleweight title from then champion Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Should the bout with Diaz materialize, it would be yet another new direction for GSP with him dropping to 155lbs for the first time in his storied career.

Diaz however, is a natural lightweight, spending much of his career in the division prior to embarking on a pair of welterweight scraps with Conor McGregor.  While the Stockton native does have a history of fighting at lightweight, he would be facing the not insignificant challenge of handing St-Pierre his first loss since his stunning loss to Matt Sera more than ten years ago at UFC 69.

Since his pair of fights with McGregor in 2016, Diaz has remained on the sidelines, insisting that he will only get back into the octagon for a big money fight. Sitting at number eight in the UFC lightweight rankings it is unlikely that he would jump the lengthy queue to fight reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. With a trilogy bout against longtime foe McGregor not seeming likely in the near future, there are very few options available for Diaz. A fight with the man many consider to be the greatest of all time appears to tick all the necessary boxes to get the brash talking fan favourite back into the octagon.

 

Here’s why Chael Sonnen believes we’ll see Georges St Pierre Vs Conor McGregor at 165lbs.

Sonnen seems to still have belief that Georges St-Pierre will once again grace the Octagon at some point in the near future. When talking about who he will face Sonnen also had some words to say,

“It will be against Conor it what will be the biggest fight in MMA history”

Chael Sonnen is of course speaking of the one and only Irish native Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. Conor last fought Eddie Alvarez at UFC205, 12 November 2016. He subsequently won the fight in just 3:04 of the very first round. This fight made history with Conor becoming the 3rd man in UFC history to win two belts in two different weight divisions, the other two men being (Randy Couture & BJ Penn). As we are all aware Conor is yet to still step foot back into the Octagon.

With Conor coming off a loss in the boxing world against the legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, it is more than certain we will see him fight again in the Octagon sometime this year. The match up between Georges St-Pierre is seeming very realistic at this particular moment. “GSP” holds a record of 26-2 and is the 4th Fighter in UFC history to claim two titles in two different divisions (Welterweight & Middleweight).

GSP also holds the record for the second longest UFC combined title reign in the organisations history with (2,204 days). St-Pierre last defeated Michael “The Count” Bisping at UFC217 on November 4, 2017 which showcased the come back of GSP after his retirement 4 years prior. GSP defeated Bisping by 3rd round rear naked choke.

GSP later vacated his title.

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