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Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Doesn’t Plan to Move Weight Classes, Thoughts on Possible Fight With GSP

September 4, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Speaking to fans in a Q&A session at today’s UFC 242 open workouts (via MMAWeekly), UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov discussed his upcoming UFC 242 title fight this weekend and more. Below are some highlights. Nurmagomedov defends his title on Saturday at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi. Below are some highlights and a video of the Q&A, courtesy of MMAFighting.

Khabib Nurmagomedov on planning to stay at lightweight: “I want to stay in lightweight division because I feel I can make this weight. This is my weight and I don’t want to jump to another division – featherweight or welterweight. I want to stay in this division and defend my title and improve my legacy.”

His thoughts on Dustin Poirier: “Dustin Poirier is a very tough opponent. I don’t want to underestimate him. He has a lot of experience. But when I go to the cage, my plan is make him tired, make him tap. This is my plan.”

Nurmagomedov on a fight with Georges St-Pierre: “I never talk to UFC about Georges St-Pierre and they never ask me, but I think it’s gonna be great match-up. He is one of the greatest athletes that ever compete in the UFC, MMA. I don’t know, because he is retired, if he gonna come back and fight me. He have to cut weight; he have to come to lightweight division. I don’t want to fight at 165 (pounds) or welterweight. If not, I’m gonna move and I’m gonna fight with other opponent.”