Khabib Nurmagomedov is fresh off of a dominant victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 where he retained his UFC lightweight championship via fourth-round submission. Unfortunately for Nurmagomedov, he is awaiting punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-fight outburst which sparked a brawl outside of the cage. But that hasn’t stopped him from eyeing his next opponent.
In a video posted to social media, Khabib had a message for a certain combat sports star.
Khabib was in his home country of Russia enjoying a World Boxing Super Series event when he ran into Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Productions.
The two men then chummed it up for the camera as Nurmagomedov directed a message at Floyd Mayweather Jr. The pitch? A match between the 27-0 unbeaten UFC champion and the 50-0 unbeaten boxing star.
“Let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now,” Nurmagomedov said. “50-0 vs 27-0, two guys who never lose, why not? Because in the jungle there is only one king. Only one king. Of course I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily. Let’s go.”
Mayweather’s last outing was a lucrative boxing match against McGregor, so could Nurmagomedov be next in line? It would certainly be interesting, and Khabib has some appeal with an undefeated record and the recent hype after steamrolling McGregor on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.
With his win, Khabib advanced to 27-0 in his professional career. His 27 consecutive wins gives him the longest winning streak in all of mixed martial arts. Khabib first won the vacant lightweight championship on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223 when he scored a dominant decision win over Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn, New York. He became the first Russian to win a UFC title. The submission victory over McGregor was his first title defense.
Of course, this all seems to be in good fun, but you can never put anything past Mayweather when he sees a big payday in front of him.