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A UFC “dream struggle is nearer than ever to turning into actuality” in keeping with a few the game’s prime insiders. MMA journalist Ariel Helwani and retired UFC celebrity Chael Sonnen mentioned the potential superfight between UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and retired Corridor of Fame champ Georges St-Pierre throughout a latest episode of ESPN’s “Ariel and The Unhealthy Man”.

“Does Khabib struggle…the nice Georges St-Pierre earlier than its all stated and accomplished?” Helwani requested.

“I feel we’re much more prone to get that…,” Sonnen stated.

You possibly can watch the 2 stalwart insiders focus on the megafight under.

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Khabib-GSP Would Be Enormous Superfight

Sonnen referred to as the potential Khabib-GSP superfight in April 2020 one of many “largest fights” that might “presumably be imagined” and stated the one factor that held up the struggle from occurring prior to now was that UFC president Dana White didn’t wish to put his light-weight champion in a dangerous struggle towards St-Pierre that may depart the corporate and not using a 155-pound champ after it was over.

St-Pierre had already accomplished that to the corporate earlier than when he got here again after 4 years away from the game to seize the UFC middleweight title towards Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in 2017.

St-Pierre gained the struggle however retired once more proper after it was over. So the UFC was left with a vacant title at 185.

However with Nurmagomedov contemplating April 2020 as his closing struggle date, Sonnen now believes there’s nothing left standing in the way in which of the megafight turning into a actuality.

UFC 255: Khabib-Gaethje Occurs First

The undefeated 31-year-old dynamo Nurmagomedov is about to tackle interim light-weight champ Justin Gaethje in his subsequent struggle on October 24 at UFC 255.

But it surely additionally looks like the “The Eagle” is already excited about who he desires to get his palms on after that.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto shared a screenshot from the fighter’s Instagram web page final week wherein Nurmagomedov laid out his imaginative and prescient of going through St-Pierre in April 2020.


— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 29, 2020

Whereas the 39-year-old St-Pierre had simply revealed his dedication to staying retired after being referred to as out by UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, the MMA legend did at the very least appear open to the thought of going through Nurmagomedov subsequent 12 months when Helwani requested him about it.

“Rattling! Simply once I thought I had peace of thoughts…” St-Pierre stated per Helwani.

GSP not too long ago re-affirmed his need to remain retired, however the Khabib struggle may result in a change of coronary heart ????

(through @arielhelwani)

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 28, 2020

Now two of the best and most achieved UFC superstars in historical past may very well be on their option to making one of many largest fights ever right into a actuality.

Justin Gaethje May Spoil UFC’s Plan for Huge Superfight

Regardless, earlier than UFC followers can begin getting hyped a few battle between two of the most effective MMA fighters ever, Nurmagomedov has some work to do at UFC 255 on October 24.

In going through the UFC’s interim light-weight champ Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov is taking up one of many hottest fighters within the sport.

The American slugger stepped in on quick discover to defeat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to seize UFC gold for the primary time in his profession and clearly has goals on spoiling the Khabib-GSP occasion by nabbing the undisputed light-weight title at 155 kilos.

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— UFC (@ufc) July 28, 2020

Gaethje isn’t favored by oddsmakers to take Khabib’s title at UFC 255, however that crew stated the identical about Gaethje’s probabilities towards Ferguson at UFC 249.

Gaethje is a dwell canine and completely able to handing Nurmagomedov the primary lack of his MMA profession.

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New York (CNN Business)Richard Branson loves a challenge. The Virgin Group founder has built a reputation, and his more than $4 billion fortune, on the back of his willingness to take bold risks and venture into new areas of business.

"Virgin loves to take on seemingly insurmountable problems, and try to overcome them," he said in 2018.But these days, Branson's business empire is facing what could be its biggest challenge yet.
    Many of Virgin Group's companies are in the travel industry — airlines, trains, hotels, cruises, holiday planning — which is being clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. Virgin Atlantic last week filed for US bankruptcy protection as part of a $1.5 billion recapitalization plan to maintain solvency in the midst of its worst economic downturn ever. The airline's operations are continuing, though it doesn't expect to be profitable again until 2022. Sister company Virgin Australia is also undergoing a restructuring under new owner, Bain Capital. Read MoreIn response to the crisis, Branson has pumped funds into the struggling businesses, which could mean fewer resources for bold new ventures, at least in the short term. (Virgin Group is a UK-based investment and branding company that functions as Branson's private wealth management firm.)At the same time, 2020 was supposed to be a big year for Branson's commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic (SPCE), raising the stakes for its success.Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy in the US to secure its rescue dealVirgin Galactic has been a Wall Street success story this year despite the fact that it is not yet profitable. Galactic plans to make Branson himself the first non-crew member on a company space flight early next year — a risky bet but one that, if successful, could attract other passengers and unleash huge opportunities for the business of space travel. "It's obviously a very bold move, but you have to respect the skin in the game Branson is putting in, by being the first person to do it," Ark Invest analyst Sam Korus said.Virgin did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.Travel business woesThe pandemic has decimated the travel industry, and experts don't expect significant improvement without an effective Covid-19 vaccine or treatment. Even when (or if) the virus subsides, there may still be financial and other barriers to travel — in a recent survey by the International Air Transport Association, 66% of respondents said they would travel less for leisure and business in a post-pandemic world.In April, Branson asked the UK and Australian governments for financial support for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, "in the face of the severe uncertainty surrounding travel." In an open letter to employees, Branson said the survival of the two airlines is important for competition in the industry.At the time, Branson's Virgin Group had already pumped $250 million into the companies in response to the pandemic. He even offered up his Necker Island estate in the Caribbean as collateral "to raise as much money against the island as possible to save as many jobs as possible around the group." Virgin Group comprises more than 35 companies and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide.The UK government turned down Virgin Atlantic's request for a commercial loan. In July, the airline unveiled a $1.5 billion restructuring deal to remain solvent, just days before it resumed passenger flights. As part of the deal, Branson's Virgin Group is contributing £200 million ($262 million). Last week, Virgin Atlantic filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York, which shelters the US assets of foreign companies undergoing restructuring proceedings in their home country. The company has laid off more than 3,500 employees and closed its base at London's Gatwick airport, but says it "remains confident" in the recapitalization plan. Virgin Australia was also unable to secure direct financial support from the Australian government — it entered voluntary administration in April and sold to US private equity firm Bain Capital in June.Richard Branson launches his luxury, adults-only cruise ship Virgin's other travel companies are in a similarly tricky spot. Branson in February launched his luxury cruise line, Virgin Voyages, which was to set sail for its first tour to the Caribbean in April. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit and brought particularly bad PR to the cruise industry in its early days, as several ships became coronavirus hotspots. A group of cruise line operators, including Virgin Voyages, said last week they have agreed to suspend US cruise operations until at least October 31 as coronavirus cases in the United States continue to surge. Even after cruises resume, Virgin Voyages could struggle to attract the kind of affluent young adult travelers it hoped to cater to. Ticket prices for a three to four day trip on Virgin's first ship were set to range from $1,600 to as much as $19,000 — a big ask at any point but especially in the throes of one of the worst economic downturns in US history.Virgin Group has released health and safety information — including cleaning procedures and social distancing guidelines — for its cruise, airline, gym and hotel businesses."Virgin companies globally are implementing wide-ranging safety initiatives so you can travel, play, stay well," the company says on its website. The future of VirginEven as much of the rest of Branson's business empire flounders, Virgin Galactic remains a bright spot. Despite an extremely turbulent year for Wall Street, Virgin Galactic's shares are up nearly 55% since January, as the company works toward beginning commercial space tourism operations. Galactic debuted on the New York stock exchange in 2019, after a deal that gave new investors a 49% stake in the company.In recent months, Branson has sold off hundreds of millions of dollars in Virgin Galactic stock to funnel money back into Virgin's traditional travel businesses, Bloomberg reported. Virgin Galactic's stock dipped briefly in May after Virgin Group announced it would sell up to 25 million shares of Galactic to support the broader business, potentially signaling concern among investors about slowing investment in the space venture. Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic could represent the future of Richard Branson's business empire. Virgin Galactic plans to send groups of paying customers on brief, scenic flights to the edge of space, where they'll float weightless for a few minutes while viewing the cosmos through the plane's windows. Tickets for the trip cost around $250,000. The company said earlier this month it had received more than 700 deposit payments for space flight tickets as of June 30. Branson is expected to be the first non-crew member to fly aboard the company's suborbital vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, early next year. (The vehicle can carry eight people, including the two pilots.)Virgin Galactic isn't expected to be heavily affected by the pandemic, because the extremely wealthy customers it seeks are less likely to be hurt by the economic crisis, said Ark Invest's Korus."Space is a super exciting area right now, a lot of things that people thought were impossible are being proven possible," Korus said. "Obviously there is still a huge amount of risk involved, but if [Branson's] flight is successful in the first quarter of next year, this concept of space tourism is unlocked and de-risked." Galactic has also been working to parlay its rocket technology into an air travel business that shuttles people between cities at record speeds, an area of business that could also have huge earning potential. Korus has predicted such an industry could eventually grow to roughly $300 billion in annual revenue.
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