UFC boss Dana White says Floyd Mayweather has NOT approached him for Khabib Nurmagomedov fight as he tips Tony Ferguson to be Russian’s next opponent
- Dana White says Floyd Mayweather hasn’t approached him over possible fight
- Khabib Nurmagomedov indicated a fight with Mayweather will happen
- If fight was to take place Nurmagomedov would require permission from UFC
- White believes Tony Ferguson should be Nurmagomedov’s next opponent
UFC chief Dana White has played down suggestions of a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, claimed this week that talks had taken place regarding a possible fight in Moscow.
White, however, indicated that a fight is not close to being arranged.
Dana White revealed Floyd Mayweather (pictured) hasn’t approached him over a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov
White told ESPN: ‘Don’t pay attention to it. First of all, the Mayweather team has not approached us at all.
‘Khabib is under contract with the UFC. We haven’t talked to anybody from the Mayweather team.
‘Floyd is very good at getting his name back out there when he’s ready to.’
Should Khabib be involved in the fight he would have to switch from mixed martial arts to boxing, which would require permission from UFC.
If Nurmagomedov was to fight Mayweather he would require permission from UFC
In 2017, Mayweather beat Conor McGregor, another UFC star, after coming out of retirement.
Khabib, meanwhile, got the better of McGregor earlier this month, defeating his opponent with a rear naked choke hold.
Born on September 20, 1988
Reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion
Two-time Combat Sambo world champion
Holds longest undefeated streak in MMA with 27 wins
Remains undefeated in professional MMA
First Russian to win a UFC title
While there have been suggestions of a possible rematch, White instead believes that American Tony Ferguson should be the Russian’s next opponent.
White said: ‘I haven’t even thought about a rematch. Obviously, I know Conor wants a rematch. We need to do what’s right and what’s fair. We’ll see how it plays out. We literally haven’t thought about it yet.
‘As a fight fan, you’ve got to go with Tony.
‘Tony had the belt, tweaked his knee, got stripped, this fight happens.
‘Tony never lost the [interim] belt in a fight. Neither did Conor, but Conor got the opportunity to actually fight. I think Tony deserves the next shot.’
Khabib discussed wanting to fight Mayweather at the Luzhniki Stadium in front a large crowd.
‘A meeting with the Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation took place today @umar_kremlev,’ Khabib wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.
White, the president of the UFC, suggested a meeting between Mayweather and Nurmagomedov isn’t close to being arranged
White believes that American Tony Ferguson should be Nurmagomedov’s next opponent
‘We discussed the fight with Mayweather. We want the fight to take place in Moscow at the legendary Luzhniki Stadium. They are sure that we will gather 100,000 spectators, and also set a world record for the sale of Pay-Per-Views.
‘And, most importantly, my father will be in the corner; a visa to Moscow is not needed.’
Mayweather has indicated that he will fight McGregor again after taking on Khabib.
He said: ‘McGregor was talking that s***, so it ain’t over. After me and Khabib lock up, me and McGregor we gonna lock up again.’
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