Undefeated UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to do 11 rounds of boxing with Floyd Mayweather, in exchange for 1 round of MMA.
There have been talks about undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC president Dana White working together to create another crossover event. “Money” Mayweather will expect to cash in big, if he has to go against an MMA fighter under MMA rules. Other than a rematch against Conor McGregor, who would be better to face then the undefeated UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s friend and manager, Ali Abdelaziz had spoken with TMZ Sports, claiming that the boxer was “begging” for a matchup. Now, the Dagestani champion seems to be on board for this matchup, with one condition: Floyd Mayweather needs to go against him in the Octagon for 1 of the rounds.
”He just wanna be on top media,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said of Floyd Mayweather. “I saw his birthday a couple of days ago, he become 49 or 48, but my father, he’s almost like my father’s age. I no understand how I’m going to punch his face!”
”If you wanna fight, come to the UFC, this is a real fight. I’m not boxer, I’m not just wrestler, I am MMA fighter. If he’s interested, maybe we can make something like – my father talked about this before – like maybe eleven rounds box and one round MMA. Like eleven rounds three-minute box, and the last round, five minutes MMA. If he makes this deal, I can fight.
“I don’t think he can knock me out in eleven rounds. And what’s he going to do last round? Five minutes with me, I’m gonna take him down, I’m going to maul this guy. What’s he going to do?
”You know, of course in boxing he’s very good. I agree with you. But I don’t think he can knock me out,” Khabib Nurmagomedov concluded.
This matchup wouldn’t be Mayweather’s first shot against an MMA fighter. He boxed the former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion, and Nurmagomedov’s rival, Conor McGregor in blockbuster event back in 2017. He finished the “Notorious” by TKO in the 10th round. Since then, there has been some speculation that he could potentially fight Conor McGregor again.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 2nd March, 2020.