A fight between Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomeov seems out of question at the moment. However, St-Pierre believes he knows exactly how the fight would pan out if they were to collide.
There was a time when a fight between the two would have been a possibility. The biggest hindrance for the fight is none other than Dana White. There was even a point in time when he began to warm up to the idea of a Nurmagomedov/St-Pierre bout.
Since that fight is no longer on the books, we can only speculate how it would turn out.
Considering both men have now retired, St-Pierre spoke without hesitation about how he would approach the fight.
“Well, Khabib is very good against the fence. I would have to establish a game plan and everything, but I think what I would (have) needed to do is take the center of the Octagon right away, use a lot of feints and fakes, keep the fight all the way out or all the way in,” St-Pierre said.
“And when I say ‘all the way in’ is when he close the gap, use my proactive and reactive takedowns and perhaps use my (explosiveness) to put him down.
“I like to use those proactive and reactive takedowns because, for me, I feel it’s more economical. Khabib is a much better chain wrestler than me.
“Khabib has more a style of chain wrestling like Kamaru Usman. It’s a different style. You cannot compare both styles. And that’s the kind of takedown I’m good (at).
“If I were to fight Khabib, that’s one of the strategies I would have adopted. I would not have been afraid. Because everybody that I fought I was able to put them down. And I have the pedigree to prove it in my fight résumé.
“So you would perhaps see him on his back, and I would perhaps be on my back as well, so it would have been a very interesting fight.”
It is clear that GSP has had a lot of time to think about this scenario. With this hypothetical superfight now down in the dumps, the entire MMA community can only imagine how it would turn out.
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