Khabib's Manager Ali Abdelaziz: '0%' Chance of McGregor Rematch; Targeting GSP

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner between rounds of his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has said there is a "0.00" per cent chance the UFC lightweight champion will face Conor McGregor in a rematch.

The Russian is instead targeting a fight with Georges St-Pierre, as Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports (warning: contains profanity):

Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight belt against McGregor in October last year, winning in the fourth round via submission.

McGregor called for a rematch after The Eagle saw off Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday:

Abdelaziz said a second fight with the Irishman held no appeal for Nurmagomedov or his camp: "Not interested at all ... for what? We already beat him, we already whooped his ass."

"Conor is like a sour ex-girlfriend; she can't get anybody else," he added. "This is what Conor is. He's irrelevant."

The manager also said McGregor "is not a good person" and referred to a tweet sent by UFC fighter Justin Gaethje that called out The Notorious (warning: contains profanity):

Ahead of last year's clash with Nurmagomedov, McGregor called Abdelaziz a "snitch, terrorist rat."

Abdelaziz added: "He made it this ugly. This is the only thing he can do, promote ugliness."

Nurmagomedov has previously said he has no interest in fighting McGregor again, per ESPN's Brett Okamoto:

He wants to fight former middleweight and welterweight champion St-Pierre instead of McGregor or Tony Ferguson, per Abdelaziz: "If Khabib is going to fight for legacy, a fight with Georges St-Pierre would be a huge fight."

The manager also said that such a match-up would generate more interest and be more lucrative than a bout with Ferguson.

St-Pierre has not fought since 2017 and announced his retirement from the sport in February, but Abdelaziz said they could still fight in 2019 or early in 2020.

If St-Pierre won't come out of retirement, a clash with Ferguson would likely hold plenty of appeal with spectators. The 35-year-old (25-3) is on a 12-fight winning streak and briefly held the lightweight belt in 2017 before he was stripped of it due to injury.

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