This year has been quite the year for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
From clinching the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship in the spring, to fighting a sporting pop culture icon in Conor McGregor.
October’s bout with the ‘Notorious One’ saw Khabib stake his claim to mainstream stardom as he emphatically choked out the former two-weight champion in the fourth round.
Since then, the dramatic post-fight chaos that ensued at UFC 229, along with Khabib’s new-found fame, has left many to question what’s next for the Dagestani destroyer.
One thing was for sure, the animosity between Nurmagomedov and McGregor was unprecedented, turning into one of the sport’s most bitter rivalries.
However, at a recent press conference, Khabib revealed he is open to reconciling with McGregor.
After unveiling a new sponsorship deal with Gorilla Energy Drinks, he said: “Everything is possible. Just as McGregor and I feuded, we could reconcile.
“Who are we not to forgive one another when the Almighty forgives us?”
Khabib, of course, is a devout Muslim. In fact, Nurmagomedov has become an influential conservative voice in his home country of Russia, criticising the aspects of nightlife in Dagestan.
Elsewhere during the conference, Khabib also addressed who he wants his next fight to be.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to boxing, where he would follow McGregor’s footsteps and fight Floyd Mayweather.
In MMA, however, fans have pined for the cursed match-up against Tony Ferguson to finally happen – with now being a better time than any.
Khabib said if it was up to him, a move into boxing would be the preferred choice.
He continued: “For legacy and in the sense of the money aspect, and in a sporting sense, I think the Mayweather fight is much more interesting.
“The athletics commission needs to finish up first and then we’ll talk.”
Both Khabib and Conor are awaiting the verdict of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on December 10 to find out if they’re to be suspended and, if so, how long for.
Only then will we truly know what lies ahead for the two.News Now - Sport News