Khabib Nurmagomedov is hoping to copy Floyd Mayweather by reaching 30-Zero in MMA and arrange a legacy-defining struggle in opposition to Georges St-Pierre.
The UFC light-weight champion takes on Justin Gaethje on Battle Island in Abu Dhabi this weekend and victory will transfer him to 29 fights with out defeat.
Nurmagomedov, 32, has by no means even misplaced a spherical within the UFC and his harmful performances in opposition to Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in his final two bouts have cemented his declare to be the best ever.
Victory in opposition to ‘The Spotlight’ on the Flash Discussion board could possibly be one of many final of Khabib’s profession, nonetheless, as he seems to cement his legacy in the identical approach boxing famous person Floyd Mayweather did by reaching 50-0.
“Actually, I don’t know,” Nurmagomedov informed Yahoo Sports activities when requested about his retirement. “30-Zero goes to be nice. It’s trying good, it sounds good.
“30-0, okay. It’s going to be an awesome report; that is like Mayweather in MMA. We’ll see, I’m very near it.”
Regardless of his unbelievable report earlier than going through McGregor at UFC 229 in October 2018, there have been those that felt as if the Russian was but to face high quality opposition within the octagon.
He definitely confronted that in opposition to the previous two-weight world champion from Eire and ‘The Eagle’ feels as if his dominant efficiency within the T-Cell Enviornment will likely be celebrated for years like ‘The Thriller in Manila’ in 1974.
“Okay, I end Justin Gaethje, I end yet one more man, I dominate him — I believe my title goes to be at all times in historical past,” he added. “I believe already my title goes to be in historical past as a result of two years in the past what occurred [vs McGregor] is rarely going to be forgotten.
“Even after 50 years, individuals are going to look at this struggle and be impressed. That is like when Muhammad Ali fought [Joe] Frazier in Manila. Folks always remember this struggle.”
Offered he can defeat Gaethje in usually dominant fashion on Saturday night time, Khabib might get the one struggle he has at all times wished; a crack at former welterweight world champion Georges St-Pierre.
Though the Canadian retired from the game in 2019 having final competed at middleweight, former coach Firas Zahabi believes an emphatic win for the Russian enormously will increase his probabilities of luring GSP out of retirement to struggle at 155lbs.
“Georges vs Khabib, I believe, is the one struggle Georges will come again for, to be trustworthy with you,” Firas Zahabi informed Sherdog.
“I believe it’s the one one, if Khabib – we’re all anticipating him to win his subsequent struggle – does it in decisive vogue, I believe it’ll enormously improve the percentages that he fights Georges sooner or later.
“If he loses, there can be no chance in Georges’ thoughts. But when he has an awesome efficiency – which I believe he’ll – I believe that ups the possibilities enormously. Let’s simply say that.
“If he has a stellar efficiency, I believe it is going to be a 50 per cent probability that it entices Georges to come back again for yet one more struggle.”
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