The dream match that nobody thought would happen is in the pipeline after Khabib Nurmagomedov agreed to a boxing match with former world champion Floyd Mayweather – however, the defending UFC lightweight champion insists that the ring legend competes in one round of MMA.
Nurmagomedov was initially called out by Mayweather after mocked up posters of the two fighters circulated online.
This is despite the UFC champion having to defend his title against Tony Ferguson in April, with the Russian also touted for a rematch with Conor McGregor, who he beat to continue his unbeaten streak back in 2018.
Despite this, Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap has claimed that his son would lock gloves with Mayweather after his encounter with Ferguson in Brooklyn, insisting on a modified fight of 11 rounds of boxing and one round of MMA.
Nurmagomedov is expected to seek the training of Vasyl Lomachenko’s dad and trainer Antoly, and rather surprisingly former heavyweight champion and boxing icon Mike Tyson.
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Speaking to TACC, Abdulmanap said, as per The Sun: "Mayweather has statistics on fights of 50 wins and zero losses, he is the greatest in boxing.
“He wants to fight with the same champion who did not lose a single fight, Khabib, everything is fine, but now we have Tony Ferguson on the line.
“We said a long time ago: let us finish with Tony, after that we will work with the team of Ukrainian boxer Vasily Lomachenko for six months, then there will be a boxing fight.
“We offer any day anywhere, with only one condition - 11 rounds in boxing and one in mixed martial arts.”
Abdulmanap goes on to state that this dream bout will be put on hold as he insists that they must focus on the Ferguson fight first.
“We will stand 11 rounds against the best boxer, so why not go one round according to the rules of MMA with us? But all things will happen after Tony."
Ali Abdelaziz, who is Khabib’s manager, also revealed that UFC head-honcho Dana White had cancelled a January match-up between Nurmagomedov and Mayweather that was due to take place in Saudi Arabia.
White working with the veteran ‘Money’ Mayweather is definitely still on the cards, however, following the American’s announcement that he was coming out of retirement to enter the Octagon.News Now - Sport News