Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has hinted towards a possible fight between lightweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, adding that he wants it to happen in an Octagon not in a boxing ring. Also Read - Dana White Planning to Hold UFC 249 on Private Island Despite Criticism
“Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight. You fight in the UFC,” White told TMZ. Also Read - UFC 246: Conor McGregor Demolishes Donald Cerrone With a 40-second Knockout in His First Fight After Loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov
“We’re not boxing again. We did that once, that’s over. You want to fight? You come fight – a real fight.” Also Read - Shocked by All the Hate I’m Getting For Wishing Merry Christmas: Amir Khan
Earlier, the Russian fighter Nurmagomedov has suggested he could follow in Conor McGregor’s footsteps and try boxing, with Mayweather encouraging the bout.
Nurmagomedov and Mayweather’s exchange began with the Russian calling out the former five-weight world champion after defeating MMA’s biggest name Conor McGregor on the Irishman’s return to UFC earlier this month.
In response, Mayweather had accepted the challenge asking his partners to organise the bout. The boxer told Nurmagomedov to “come into my world”, with the 30-year-old responding by saying he was keen for the bout to happen in Moscow.
Mayweather beat McGregor himself in August 2017 in a fight that generated more than £450m and earned the 41-year-old American £210m.
Nurmagomedov is currently serving a ban issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as it investigates the brawl that followed his world title win over McGregor.
And UFC president White says he should face American lightweight Tony Ferguson on his return.
“Tony Ferguson is the right fight,” he added. “It’s the fight to make. It obviously depends on the suspension and what happens – we’ll see.”
The legendary American boxer boasts off an amazing undefeated 50-0 career record in the professional arena, while on the other hand, Nurmagomedov holds a 27-0 winning streak in UFC.
(With ANI Inputs)