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Manager: Khabib will fight Georges St-Pierre in 2019 ‘if all goes to plan’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team is still expecting a fight against Georges St-Pierre, who announced his retirement in February.

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may return to action sooner than expected, thanks to the Nevada Athletic Commission. On Wednesday, NAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed that Khabib and his team will be getting their suspensions reduced by 35 days, further solidifying the champion’s return for UFC 242 in September against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.

Upon receiving the good news, Khabib’s management team immediately began to look at their possible matchups for the rest of year. According to manager Ali Abdelaziz, they are still expecting a fight against Georges St-Pierre to take place by the end of 2019.

St-Pierre has been in Khabib’s radar for quite a while now. Prior to St-Pierre’s retirement announcement in February, “The Eagle” even went on to convince the former middleweight and welterweight champion to fight him instead, giving GSP the choice to either make it happen at 155 pounds, or at a catch weight at 160 pounds.

From his end, St-Pierre says the Khabib fight “just didn’t happen”, while branding the undefeated Dagestani as “the best fighter right now.”