Conor McGregor is Khabib's 'toughest lightweight fight' but UFC champ would rather face Georges St-Pierre for 'legacy'
CONOR McGREGOR is still deemed Khabib Nurmagomedov's toughest challenge at lightweight – but the UFC champion would rather face Georges St-Pierre.
McGregor, 32, was beaten by unbeaten Khabib – who fights Justin Gaethje in October – two years ago but a post-fight brawl has fuelled demand for a rematch.
Despite the Irishman announcing retirement in May, Nurmagomedov's trainer Javier Mendez still tips the southpaw as the best contender in the lightweight division.
Mendez told ESPN: "The guy he's already beat, Conor hands down.
"For me hands down it's Conor McGregor, it's the toughest challenge he's ever had.
"We'll see what Justin brings to the table but I still say Conor just based on what we went through."
Nurmagomedov announced plans to face welterweight legend Georges St Pierre, 39, next April.
Mendez revealed it could be the Russian's final fight, and warned it would take priority over a McGregor rematch.
He said: "It was discussed on numerous occasions that 30-0 and leave a legacy but GSP definitely, definitely, definitely the legacy fight.
"If they can complete that and he's successful then I can see 30-0 and he's done.
"I think it's the greatest potential fight of all time. The one that may trump that is maybe Conor – Khabib 2.
'That could well be the biggest fight of all time because you know, Conor's got something to prove and Conor will come out of retirement just for that fight alone.
"But I don't know if Khabib will ever want to fight Conor that was the issue.
"That would be the problem for Khabib, there's no legacy fight it's a money fight and Khabib's never been about the money so he's been about legacy more than anything.
"He's not a greedy man, he never has been and that's not going to motivate him, you know, as the legacy fight will."
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