Nurmagomedov Challenges Mayweather Jr. to a Fight
Despite hating Conor McGregor with a passion, Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t have a problem following in the man’s footsteps. According to numerous reports, Nurmagomedov challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a fight over the weekend. In an Instagram video, Nurmagomedov made the following comments according to MMAJunkie:
“Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not? Because in the jungle only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily.”
What was even more surprising about this video was that Khabib was buddy-buddy with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd’s longtime advisor.
Not to be outdone, Mayweather Jr. also took to Instagram to respond to Nurmagomedov:
“CBS, Showtime, and MGM Grand get the check book out… Nurmagomedov challenging me. LET’S MAKE LAS VEGAS GREAT AGAIN!”
The buzz over this matchup is certainly stirring up fans and pundits of both sports, but could it actually take place?
What’s Next for Nurmagomedov?
Currently, Nurmagomedov is under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to his post-fight brawl at UFC 229. Despite his glorious victory, Khabib decided to hop out of the cage and go after one of McGregor’s teammates. It sparked a brawl in the crowd, which spilled outside of the arena as well.
The NSAC has also taken Nurmagomedov’s fight purse of $2 million dollars and is holding it pending the investigation. If Khabib is cleared to fight again, without any suspension, there are definitely several options available:
- Rematch with McGregor
- Title defense against Tony Ferguson
- Boxing match against Mayweather Jr.
What’s Next for Mayweather Jr?
In September, Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced that he was coming out of retirement to have a rematch against Manny Pacquiao. Initially, the fight was going to take place by the end of the year. However, plans have changed and now both Floyd and Manny will most likely take tune-up fights around the end of the year or beginning of 2019. From there, both fighters will most likely agree to a rematch probably in May of 2019.
With that said, Mayweather Jr. would definitely entertain a boxing match against Nurmagomedov as a tune-up fight.
Will Nurmagomedov vs Mayweather Happen?
Despite both fighters publicly appearing that they would love to do this fight, it’s not going to happen. First of all, this would have to be a boxing match. Although Nurmagomedov did knock down McGregor with a right hand, Khabib does not have the striking skills to last 2 or 3 rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr. even if Floyd runs around for most of that time.
Furthermore, there’s absolutely no way that Mayweather would fight Khabib inside the octagon. Nurmagomedov would take down Floyd within a minute and win the fight easily. If he can grind out McGregor, then he can chew up and spit out Floyd in two minutes max.
It’s entertaining to see these fighters banter with each other, but that’s as far as this exchange will go.
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