VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Hints Comeback as a Boxer in New Video

Published 09/27/2021, 2:02 PM EDT


Former UFC fighters making a jump to the sport of boxing is quite common today. And it appears the former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov might be next in line. 

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‘The Eagle’ still hits the gym to keep the fighter inside in him alive even after retiring from the fight game. Well-known for his grappling skills, often times the combat sports community forgets to take his striking prowess into account.

On his official YouTube channel, Nurmagomedov recently shared a video in which he displays his amazing boxing skills. In the video, ‘The Eagle’ appears to be hitting the pads, shadow boxing, and other exercises an elite boxer works on to improve.

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Besides this video, fans can witness his striking prowess throughout his MMA career. His fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 is one of the best examples of the same. Throughout the fight, ‘The Eagle’ landed more strikes against someone who has an elite striking game.

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Who will Khabib Nurmagomedov face if he makes his boxing debut?

When it comes to Nurmagomedov making a jump to boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the first name that comes to mind. A potential boxing match-up between the pair is always a hot topic in the combat sports community.

Moreover, Mayweather has revealed that he is open to a boxing match against Nurmagomedov on several occasions. Meanwhile, ‘The Eagle’ has declined to fight Floyd stating he is truly retired from all combat sports. 

Mayweather, who last fought against YouTuber turned boxer Logan Paul in a special exhibition bout, is looking for a formidable opponent for his next bout. And Nurmagomedov just fits the bill.

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Moreover, Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, revealed that Mayweather’s team even offered $100 Million for the same. The offer was made after the Paul exhibition bout, which Abdelaziz discussed in an episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.

It will be a highly entertaining boxing match if Mayweather vs. Nurmagomedov ever comes to fruition. Moreover, it has the potential to break some of the biggest PPV records in combat sports.

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Were you impressed with Nurmagomedov’s boxing skills? Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally box Floyd Mayweather?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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