Conor McGregor has said he’s going to fight Floyd Mayweather, with or without the UFC being on board, and Khabib Nurmagomedov clearly isn’t down…
As you certainly know, in recent weeks the combat sports world has been debating and buzzing about a potential boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather. When the idea was first floated last year, the consensus was that it would never happen. But more recently, that’s changed, thanks in part to an offer from White to both fighters, which Mayweather dismissed.
In addition, recently McGregor said he believes his next fight will be with Mayweather. The UFC’s lightweight champ also said that he’d prefer to partner with the UFC, but McGregor believes the Ali Act will allow him to box Mayweather regardless.
Well, recently Nurmagomedov attended a Q&A in Brighton Beach, NYC, and he had this to say about McGregor’s plans (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I think the UFC has to plan a little bit, because this chicken is not loyal,” said Nurmagomedov.
“The UFC made him, right? If he never fought in the UFC, how did he become like this? Now, he has a name, and now he talks about how he can fight without the UFC in boxing,” added Nurmagomedov. “For me, this is disrespectful to the UFC, disrespectful of their support before, and now, I think the UFC has to make a plan.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. It should also be noted that White has claimed McGregor – Mayweather won’t take place, without the UFC’s permission. So, if McGregor does attempt to face Mayweather without the UFC, a legal battle will definitely ensue.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, will face Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title, March 4th.