Floyd Mayweather and Dana White met in 2019 and the pair were pictured sitting together courtside during a basketball game. White revealed that he had been discussing collaborating with Mayweather. But the surge of the COVID 19 pandemic halted those possibilities. In the supposed collaboration, there were talks of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov potentially stepping into the boxing ring for a fight with Mayweather.
But Nurmagomedov‘s manager Ali Abdelaziz dismissed those claims. He said, “Listen, we got offered $100m to fight Floyd Mayweather. Dana White was on board, everybody was on board. But, you know, Khabib is an MMA fighter. If Floyd wanted to come to fight [in MMA], get his little ass whooped.”
A fight between the two undefeated fighters in their respective trades would have been enticing. But to be fair, boxing is not Nurmagomedov’s greatest strength.
He depends heavily on his wrestling and grappling to overwhelm opponents inside the Octagon. Mayweather, on the other hand, has a professional record of 50-0 and has held multiple world titles.
Mayweather has fought UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017. ‘The Notorious‘ is one of the best boxers in the UFC. But the task of handling Mayweather inside the squared ring proved too much, even for him.
Nurmagomedov is set to meet UFC President Dana White in Abu Dhabi this month to finally provide clarity on his fighting future. The Dagestani announced his retirement after coming out triumphant at UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje.
But the UFC President wants his champion to fight at least once more. He wants to see a rematch between him and Conor McGregor. McGregor was choked out by Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, in 2018. But a motivated McGregor returns at UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier.
What do you make of Ali Abdelaziz’s comments on Mayweather? Should Nurmagomedov rematch McGregor?
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