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GSP Was Reportedly Offered An Interesting Opponent For UFC 200

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UFC brass has attempted to replace the blockbuster UFC 200 main event that was to be Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II with the return of longtime former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

“GSP” was rumored to be offered a bout against undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. In a recent interview with Match TV, the Russian admitted to have being offered the main event of the UFC’s blockbuster event in July:

“Yesterday the UFC called me with a proposal to hold the main bout of the evening against Nate Diaz, or against Georges St-Pierre.”

The event, however, is too close to the Russian’s religious holiday of Ramadan, making it difficult to be healthy enough for a five round bout:

“They hope that I will take the fight. But it is four days after the month of Ramadan, and it would be hard physically to fight five rounds. I’ll be back in September and October.”

While there have been rumblings of negotiations for GSP’s return, nothing has been made official just yet. A bout with Diaz could potentially be a huge draw for both men in their respective situations.

A win over Nurmagomedov could thrust Diaz into immediate title contention, while a victory for “The Eagle” over the man who beat Conor McGregor could propel him into the next tier of stardom.

The return of “GSP” or a clash with Nate Diaz vs. Nurmagomedov would be a huge main event, this news can definitely confirm the UFC is desperately scrambling to find a new main event for the supposedly phenomenal upcoming PPV event.

Nurmagomedov seems reluctant to take the bout so close to Ramadan, so it should be interesting to see what the UFC can muster up next in attempt to save the main event of the otherwise stacked card.

  • milion

    Ramadan is not russian but muslin religious holiday.

    • kappy0405

      lol there are A LOT of Russians who are Muslim.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Me thinks the Eagle was too worried about his perfect UFC record and overall fighting record. To fight GSP at WW, would not be the best option for your first WW fight. Wonder if the UFC tried to tell the Eagle the same story Mickey Ward was told when he accepted a fight last minute vs. a guy who just got off the couch…
    “He did not just get off the f****n’ couch. If he did, I’m gonna buy a couch like that.” GSP hasn’t fought in 2.5 years, he just got off the couch… lol!
    Eagle wanted NOTHING to do with GSP, especially at WW. The Eagle’s wrestling would almost be cancelled out, and then you have to fight GSP on the feet. Eagle would get owned on the feet vs. GSP! The “short notice” definitely didn’t favor the Eagle neither! A little over 2 months to train for the toughest opponent he’s ever fought… Sanx but NO Sanx!

    • ShawnKarr

      No, it’s cause it’s too close to Ramadan. Read the article ass-wipe.

      • Fair is fair

        Rubbish just an excuse.Ramadan is always an excuse. Can’t is this and can’t do that…. Please………

        • ShawnKarr

          To be Fair, that excuse does have a small window and he’s already mentioned many times he cannot fight around Ramadan.
          Plus, why would he turn down a fight against a legend like GSP? He has way more to gain than lose.

  • Anonymous

    Good ol’ redundant religion getting in the way of lives. Lol.

  • kevin

    I’m not sure why GSP would even consider coming back against guys in a lower weight class. seems like bs to me