THE UFC’s lightweight belt could be staying in Russia, according to superstar Georges St-Pierre.
The 37-year-old, who fronted the media in Sydney before the first leg of his Australian speaking tour, gave his verdict ahead of the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov super-fight.
Confirmed over the weekend by Dana White, McGregor will face Nurmagomedov for the title in Las Vegas on October 7 (AEST).
And according to St-Pierre, the current 155-pound champ has the slight edge.
“To tell you the truth, I believe Khabib has more chance to win that fight than Conor,” the Canadian said.
“Conor has one way to win the fight — it will be if he catches him on the way in, standing up.
“Khabib, I think has more chance to win. He can by submission on the ground, he can win by ground and pound, if he goes to decision, the chances are very likely that it’s Khabib that’s going to win.
“I see more ways for Khabib than I see for Conor.”
McGregor hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since 2016, where he finished Eddie Alvarez in the second round to claim the lightweight title.
But after leaving the sport to focus on other things, like Floyd Mayweather and buses, McGregor is set to be welcomed back by the scariest man in the organisation.
His opponent, Nurmagomedov is undefeated through 26 professional fights, and has made a habit of turning elite opposition into ragdolls inside the cage.
It’s a tantalising match-up that St-Pierre believes can only be a good thing for the UFC.
“It’s going to turn a lot of the spotlight,” said the former two-division champion.
“Conor is the biggest draw of the sport of all time.”
He just wouldn’t bet on him.
“Let’s say you say to me, you have to bet your house on the fight; you have no choice. You have to [choose] one or the other, I believe Khabib.”