Khabib Nurmagomedov targets Mayweather
Fresh from defending his Lightweight title against McGregor, the UFC’s Nurmagomedov has set his sights on another undefeated fighter, boxing’s Floyd Mayweather.
In a video posted on Instagram Nurmagomedov called out to Mayweather for a fight;
“Let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs 27-0, two guys who never lose, why not? Because in the jungle there is only one king. Of course I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov has frequently claimed that he’s “the Floyd Mayweather of MMA.” When he said it most recently, at a press conference in September, his UFC 229 opponent Conor McGregor interrupted him by mocking his accent, telling him to shut his mouth, and calling him “dirt.”
Khabib became the first fighter to ever drop Conor McGregor in competition at UFC 229, cracking the Irish superstar with an overhand right that McGregor clearly thought was a takedown. Not even Floyd Mayweather managed to put Conor down over their 10 round boxing match — the referee stepped in to wave off that fight once McGregor started getting overwhelmed with punches.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is 3 wins away from becoming the best lightweight the UFC has ever seen. “TBE” at lightweight. Furthermore, he is considered the second-best athlete in the entire stable of fighters that the UFC currently has to offer, regardless of weight classes.
Assuming the Nevada Athletic Commission follows the UFC boss Dana White’s advice and slaps Nurmagomedov with a $250,000 fine and a six-month ban from competition, he will still be the UFC lightweight world champion, and will, let’s presume, be allowed to compete in the United States.
This means his 28th professional fight would likely be against Tony Ferguson. Should Nurmagomedov dispatch of Ferguson, he would have beaten four of the fighters currently ranked in UFC’s top ten list at lightweight, meaning he will have cleared out the most interesting, relevant, and competitive names in the division.
Mayweather has fought 50 professional fights without defeat; the younger Russian has a 27-0 record.
It was not clear from Nurmagomedov’s challenge what the discipline — MMA or boxing — would be, should the two meet.