TORONTO- Khabib Nurmagomedov he had a perfect career, but three fights eluded him.
Nurmagomedov’s UFC lightweight championship included victories over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and finally Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to complete his undefeated run as a mixed martial artist.
The only fight that the now retired Nurmagomedov succeeded in was an obvious fight against Tony Fergusonwhich was canceled five times for various reasons.
“Of course, it was definitely Tony Ferguson,” Nurmagomedov said during Sunday’s speech in Toronto for Class A events / Penny Appeal Canada. “But that never happened.
But Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) said there are two more fighters he would like to face. Although he has a lot of respect for him, Nurmagomedov catered to the Canadian public by mentioning the former two-division champion and one of the greatest fighters of all time. Georges St-Pierreas well as a former WEC and UFC Lightweight Champion. Anthony Pettis.
“In my head? Yes, it was a couple of fighters – it was definitely a couple of fighters,” Nurmagomedov said. “Okay, GSP, if you want guys, but I have a lot of respect for this guy. UFC in 2007, I (haven’t started) my professional career.I was an amateur fighter and watched a lot of his fights with my dad.GSP was a role model for me in MMA.If you guys want (this)fight, OK, let’s say GSP.
“And I think it was 2014-15 when Anthony Pettis was UFC champion. (Q) I really, really wanted to fight this guy at the time, but then he lost his title against Rafael dos Anjos. After that, his career went down – he never returned. It was Anthony Pettis, Tony Ferguson and the Canadian GSP superstar.”
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