Little over a month removed from Khabib Nurmagomedov's landmark win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, and it appears the dust hasn't quite fully settled.
Since submitting the 'Notorious One' in the fourth round of their championship showdown, the Dagestani-born Nurmagomedov has transcended his status as MMA cult hero to mainstream stardom.
Despite ongoing investigations into Khabib's post-fight antics, many have speculated as to what the champ's next move will be.
A McGregor rematch? The long-awaited and troublesome match-up against Tony Ferguson? Heck, even retirement has been suggested by Khabib himself.
As the rumour mill began to churn, the idea of Khabib following McGregor's footsteps in entering the world of boxing to face Floyd Mayweather was even teased.
However, it appears the figure Khabib respects the most has chimed in on what he would like to see in the future.
Khabib's father Abdulmanap has said he would like to see his son again take on Conor McGregor once more, but under a very interesting stipulation.
He told Russian newspaper Izvestia: "As for the fight against Conor to the rules of boxing, we are interested in such a fight.
"Khabib showed that he is able to win the best drummers of mixed martial arts. He talked about this before, but a few believed it.
"However, after bright victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe.
“Nurmagomedov is able to do it in the boxing ring. Khabib has all the skills to win by the rules of boxing. One of the key skills can be called endurance."
Nurmagomedov captured the undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship against Al Iaquinta in March of this year.
Khabib was originally scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the strap, but due to a freak accident during media obligations, Ferguson was forced to pull out.
Then, UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway was brought in as a replacement, but was again forced out of the fight due to difficulties while cutting weight.
Khabib eventually found his opponent in Iaquinta, and was gifted the belt after five rounds via unanimous decision.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said the fight was the perfect showcase for his son's versatile style of fighting.
He said: "I recall a five-round fight with Al Iaquinta, in which Khabib showed his willingness to fight in absolutely any manifestation, using everything from a light left jab to control in the stalls.
"I want to note that the fight with Al Iaquinta was a great performance for us, the championship belt was at stake and it was important to hold the meeting coolly, taking our own. Which is what we did."
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