Three Reasons Why a Fight Between GSP and the Winner of Khabib vs. Conor Could Be the Greatest Ever
Published on August 17, 2018
All MMA fans have been waiting to see the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Some would like to see the big mouth of the Irishman shut; others will be eager to watch his fists in action again after such a long pause.
Even if you ignore the hype, the media wars, and the trash talk, this certainly has the potential to be one of the most exciting fights ever since the sport came into existence.
The no-nonsense attitude and direct style of Khabib will face the precision and power of McGregor. We will see the classic battle between a sublime wrestler and one of the best punchers in the UFC. On top of everything else, a win here would give both fighters a legit claim to the greatest of all time title.
It seems that the fight will be unmatched, but then, one man expressed an interest in facing the winner. Georges St-Pierre has been looking for the right clash ever since coming out of retirement to beat Michael Bisping and win the middleweight title.
The UFC president, Dana White, stated that this fight likely wouldn’t happen, but we all know that money and the crowd are what stands behind most of his decisions. It’s hard to argue that GPS vs. the winner of Khabib and Conor will be a massive, massive bout.
In fact, it might be the greatest fight to ever happen in the history of MMA. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.
As in all sports, there is no consensus over who the greatest fighter in the history of MMA is. Everyone has their own favorites, and there are plenty of people who have a legit claim to the GOAT title.
After the fall of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, who have both been suspended for using PEDs, Georges St-Pierre is the fighter who most people see as the GOAT. He is one of the longest-standing champions of the sport, and his win against Bisping after a long absence was another step in the right direction.
And yet, not everyone is convinced by the Canadian superstar. There are still fans who believe the likes of Fedor or other fighters have better credentials than GSP. Another win against the likes of Khabib or Conor could cement his place, though.
Of course, both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have their own claim to this title. The Russian is unbeaten in 26 fights so far and is one of the most brutal athletes in the sport. His ground-and-pound destruction of pretty much everyone he’s faced so far makes him the most dominant fighter in the world of MMA right now.
He has the ambition to stay unbeaten, and if he achieves that feat, Khabib will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, fighters ever. Potential wins against Conor and then GSP would also mean he directly defeated other legendary champions in the Octagon.
The situation with McGregor is similar. Love him or hate him, the Irishman is an exceptional athlete. It’s sometimes easy to forget that, as he hasn’t been in MMA for almost 2 years and has gone too far with his actions out of the Octagon by attacking a bus.
McGregor only has two losses early in his career that are way in the past. The only other defeat came against Nate Diaz in two weight classes above his normal category, and Diaz was defeated in the rematch.
There are barely any fighters out there who have Conor’s precision when it comes to punching. His speed and timing are impeccable. The way he adjusts to each opponent to find the best angle is also impressive.
If you add the fact that he was the first to hold a belt in two different categories simultaneously, it’s easy to see why Conor is already in the conversation about the GOAT. If he manages to somehow beat Khabib and then proceed to get GSP as well, it would be hard to find arguments against Conor.
To sum it up, the potential fight between GSP and the winner of Conor vs. Khabib could settle the debate about who’s the best in the sport, at least for the time being. This is why many people are looking forward to such an event.
Georges St-Pierre is probably the most complex fighter in UFC history. He has a dominant ground game, can grapple well, and is lethal on his feet, too. There are so many ways for him to win a fight that it’s hard to imagine a tough match-up for a man with his skills.
And yet, both McGregor and Khabib would be one of the toughest tests he’s faced in his exceptional career. For a start, many believe the Russian is among the most skilled grapplers and is unstoppable on the ground.
Plenty of GSP fans claim the same thing for the Canadian legend. It would be very exciting to see who the better fighter is between those two. Can Khabib do his usual routine and simply take St-Pierre to the ground and beat him like his other opponents? Or GSP will find a way to choke him, as he has done with so many before?
In case Conor is the man who wins the match and gets to fight against GSP, it would be equally interesting to watch. Few men hit as hard as Conor does, but he will have to face a man whose fight IQ is second to none.
The Canadian legend will certainly come up with an efficient game plan and try to neutralize McGregor. The Notorious will have to find a way to break the exceptional defense of GSP.
While the shady reputation of MMA seems like a thing of the past, the sport still hasn’t reached its full potential. And let’s face it, nothing can attract spectators like legendary bouts between some of the most popular fighters in the world.
Sure, long-standing fans of MMA don’t like it when normies join the ranks, but it’s for the good of everyone at the end. More money and more worldwide interest will mean that more people will become fighters.
This will raise the competition and bring exciting new characters to the scene. In the long run, more is better, despite the occasional downsides.
And honestly, I can’t think of a better match that will help the popularity of MMA. Georges St-Pierre is already a legend of the sport, and many people outside the community know him. McGregor is probably even more popular.
Khabib lags a bit behind those two, but the Russian beast will certainly become a superstar if he manages to beat the Notorious. After all, we’re talking about a man who fought a bear as a kid!
If the potential bout lives up to the expectations, the sport could attract many new fans, and many would likely stay MMA fans forever. This will bring a lot of positives to the sport in the future.
I’m sure that many hardcore MMA fans will disagree here, but I’m not quite sure why. I understand that there must be some kind of logic behind the matchmaking in the UFC, as well as justice for fighters who came a long way to earn a title shot.
However, the superfights are the bread and butter of the sport. Just tell me you didn’t like the bouts between McGregor and Diaz, or Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier?
Since GSP and Khabib/Conor are not in the same weight class, they will have to find a way to meet somewhere in the middle. The money and prestige will encourage other stars to do that in the future.
Of course, there’s a legitimate risk of turning the UFC into a circus, but a balanced approach that includes a couple of superfights per year is the way to go.
I’ve always thought that you can’t directly compare fighters in different divisions. However, those who are close enough should be given the chance to face each other and determine who is the better one.
For the sake of justice and balance, I don’t think those bouts should always include a belt. Unless both fighters are champions, this shouldn’t be the case. But this won’t make them less exciting for both the fans and contestants.
The competitive nature of many of the fighters and their desire to leave the best legacy possible will be enough of a drive. Oh, and let’s not forget the millions of dollars involved, too.
We don’t know for sure if the winner of the fight between Conor and Khabib would want to face GSP. We don’t know if Dana White will allow it to happen. However, such a clash has the potential to be the greatest in the history of MMA, and I will certainly watch it.
Of course, let’s see what happens between McGregor and Nurmagomedov first. We already released early odds and analysis on our blog, and we will continue to follow everything about that match.
In the meantime, feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section below.