Rabat - Russian UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has called out the undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather to a boxing fight.
Rabat – Russian UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has called out the undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather to a boxing fight.
Nurmagomedov, an MMA fighter, is not a boxer. With both undefeated, however, Nurmagomedov wants to achieve what Conor McGregor failed to achieve.
Nurmagomedov, with 27 wins and 0 defeats, beat McGregor in the UFC 229 in Las Vegas on October 7, forcing him to tap out.
McGregor fought the 12-time world champion, Mayweather, in a match with one of biggest prizes in history. Mayweather won the battle in the 10th round.
“Let’s go Floyd. We have to fight now,” said Nurmagomedov, smiling, in an Instagram video posted by the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe.
“50-0 versus 27-0, two guys never never like lose. Let’s go, why not? Because, in the jungle only one king. Of course, I’m the king. Because, he cannot drop McGregor but I drop him easily. That’s why, let’s go.”
Mayweather, 41, retired from boxing after beating McGregor in August 2017. However, he announced he will come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch later this year.
Nurmagomedov under investigation
Following his victory, Nurmagomedov jumped into McGregor’s team’s area and started fighting them. The incident became a major talking point globally.
The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov and has withheld his $2 million prize pending a full investigation into the incident.
Nurmagomedov’s future with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is uncertain. The organization withdrew Nurmagomedov’s training partner, Zubaira Tukhukov, from fighting McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov. The fight had been scheduled for late October, but Tukhukov was involved in the fight and even punched McGregor, according to MMAFighting.
The Russian fighter denounced the UFC’s decision and threatened to leave the organization.