Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been all over the news since last weekend. After defeating Conor McGregor in their highly anticipated UFC 229 main event clash, Khabib has called out just about everybody…
Since UFC 229 Khabib has been the center of attention, especially after his statements regarding him quitting the UFC due to his ‘brother’ Tukhugov being cut for his involvement in the brawls. There have been plenty of offers fired Khabib’s way from other promotions. Today we see Khabib himself follow in McGregor’s footsteps.
Khabib has a very high possibility of leaving the UFC after Dana’s punishment towards his team. He has stated that himself. 50 Cent has offered Khabib $2 million (his purse that was taken from him after UFC 229.) to quit the UFC and go fight for him at Bellator. But Scott Coker (Owner of Bellator) has stated he wants no involvement until Khabib is a free agent to avoid complications with the UFC.
Who can blame anyone trying to snatch Khabib? He just proved to the world he is no 1-dimensional fighter by dominating McGregor where he thrives, on the feet then smashing him into oblivion with a nasty submission. Gaining over 8 million followers since then he has no small following, any promotion with the smallest amount of sense would grab someone as publicly powerful as Khabib for themselves.
But today Khabib called out someone familiar to us in the MMA world. That man is Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. After reaching 50-0 professionally after beating Conor McGregor, Floyd retired again with his riches. But Khabib has taken to the media to get his shot at the boxing GOAT.
Of course, this might be a joke to Khabib and most likely a mock of his now serious rival McGregor. Or is it a serious?
On Instagram, DeJuan Blake, a boxing manager, posted a video of Khabib hanging with Mayweather Productions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. In this video Khabib said. (Quotes courtesy of MMA Mania):
“Hey, let’s go Floyd, we have to fight now,” a smiling Khabib said. “50 and 0 versus 27 and 0, two guys who never lose. Let’s go, why not? Because in the jungle, only one king.”
He also mentioned how he was able to drop McGregor and Floyd was not.
“Of course I’m the king, because he can not drop McGregor, but I drop him easily, that’s why let’s go.”
The idea of this fight is almost as ludicrous as Mayweather’s teases to be hopping in the octagon this year which clearly hasn’t happened nor will be happening. But will we see ‘The Eagle’ leave the UFC to step into another organization that may not even be MMA?