UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has finally received an offer to star in a boxing match.
But it might not be against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Russian sensation has been very vocal on his interest in donning the 10-ounce gloves and lock horns with the boxing legend in a crossover fight, following his fourth-round submission of Conor McGregor last October.
Nurmagomedov will not be eligible to fight in the Octagon until July as the Nevada State Athletic Commission slapped him with a nine-month suspension for his role in the infamous UFC 229 brawl.
But on Wednesday, he teased his fans on social media about his next potential fight.
After a masterful performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 and the NSAC’s final ruling to the post-fight brawl, a lot of fans have been wondering what is next for the lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
While he is currently serving a lengthy suspension, the undefeated fighter has been busy doing some promotional tours in various countries.
His latest stop was Australia, where he provided a major hint about the future of his fighting career.
Nurmagomedov said that he is planning to star in three massive fights before he calls it quits.
Apparently, none of these fights includes a rematch with his bitter rival, McGregor.
Khabib has shot down possibilities of facing McGregor in a rematch, insisting that he dominated him in their first meeting.
Nurmagomedov said he is setting his sights on three major bouts that could build his legacy as the greatest athlete of all-time.
“Why not maybe St-Pierre, Ferguson and Mayweather? It will be these three guys, and we can retire and become the greatest athlete of all time.”
“Georges St-Pierre is a very big name. I like an opponent who is a very tough opponent, and he’s a little bit bigger than me. If we’re gonna fight, we have to fight at 155 lbs, because 170 lb is his weight and he’s gonna be a little bit bigger than me.”
“If I’m gonna compete with young lions in boxing, of course, it’s gonna be very tough for me.”
“Even if you talk about (Saul) Canelo (Alvarez) or (Gennady) Golovkin, these guys are dangerous. But Mayweather now is old, 41, 42 years old. You know, but he’s a very big name. If we can take very big fish, why not?”
The lightweight champion has called out Mayweather Jr to a boxing fight days after his victory over “The Notorious.”
“Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not?”
“Because in the jungle only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily.”
But before settling the score between him and Mayweather, he has to prove his mettle first in front of his home fans in Russia, potentially against a different opponent.
The country’s boxing federation has given its local hero an offer to fight in a boxing match this summer at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
“Boxing Federation of Russia entered the proposal.”
“Summer, Luzhniki, etc. How do you think, friends, do I need this challenge or not?” he wrote on Instagram.
As for his lightweight championship, “The Eagle” suggested that the UFC should create an interim title while he remains suspended. (via Sportbible)
“I think that they will create an interim title.”
“It could be between [Dustin] Poirier and [Tony] Ferguson. Whoever wins will become the interim champion, and then at the end of the year, we will fight for the real belt.
“I think that could happen. [But] at the moment, I don’t know for sure.”
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(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov)