Artur Beterbiev plays smart on possibly training with Khabib Nurmagomedov or GSP for MMA

Georges St-Pierre (GSP) vs Khabib Nurmagomedov could actually happen

Artur Beterbiev answers if he would train with Khabib Nurmagomedov or GSP

IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev is a sensation in the boxing world. He is 15-0 and yet to lose in the sport.

The Russian-born Canadian boxer will defend both his belts this weekend against Adam Deines of Germany.

And he was talking to RT Sport in the build-up to the title fight. Beterbiev has expressed his desire to possibly explore a career as an MMA fighter in the future.

Artur Beterbiev was in a dilemma when asked to choose between UFC legends Khabib Nurmagomedov and GSP.
Artur Beterbiev was in a dilemma when asked to choose between UFC legends Khabib Nurmagomedov and GSP. (imago Images)

Regarding this, he was asked that if he does decide to enter the sport, then would he train with, Khabib Nurmagomedov, or Georges St-Pierre?

Now that’s a tough question for him. Beterbiev was born in Dagestan ASSR, the same place as ‘The Eagle’. And the Canadian resident is also close with GSP.

Beterbiev plays safe when made to pick between Khabib Nurmagomedov and GSP

And his answer was as safe and diplomatic as they come. He stated that if he does join MMA soon, he would train as an MMA fighter and not a boxer.

“If I decide to go that route, I’ll fully dedicate myself to it. I’ll train like an MMA fighter. I’m not going to go out there as a boxer, I’ll be training for real.”

He also mentioned the time he thinks he would need in order to prepare for an MMA fight. It would be, of course, longer than the time he would want for a boxing match.

“I’ll need more to prepare than I would for a boxing match. I’d need at least 6 months.”

He would be a problem in MMA for sure. The 6 ft 0 in tall 36-year-old boxer has achieved all he could in boxing.

Who won the fight at UFC 254?
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

And a path that leads to MMA, and quite possibly UFC, might just be the vision he has envisaged for the twilight of his career.

As for GSP and Khabib Nurmagomedov, fans hoped for a dream fight between them that would bring both back inside the octagon, but that looks improbable as weeks pass by.

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