Khabib’s Father Proposes Special Rules Bout With Floyd Mayweather

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father would like to see his son compete against Floyd Mayweather under special rules. Nurmagomedov has a lot to consider regarding his fighting future. “The Eagle” will put his UFC lightweight title on the line …

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father would like to see his son compete against Floyd Mayweather under special rules. Nurmagomedov has a lot to consider regarding his fighting future. “The Eagle” will put his UFC lightweight title on the line against Tony Ferguson on April 18. If he is successful, he would likely be due for a massive […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Has Unique Challenge For Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather really wants to box a mixed martial arts (MMA) star again. Back in 2017, Mayweather boxed Conor McGregor in the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) of all time. Despite McGregor making things competitive early on, Mayweather eventually finished the Irishman in the 10th round. Over the years, there has been a lot of chatter about […]

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Floyd Mayweather really wants to box a mixed martial arts (MMA) star again. Back in 2017, Mayweather boxed Conor McGregor in the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) of all time. Despite McGregor making things competitive early on, Mayweather eventually finished the Irishman in the 10th round.

Over the years, there has been a lot of chatter about the pair potentially rematching. However, after UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor in 2018, there has also been talks of “The Eagle” possibly boxing Mayweather. Mayweather certainly seems interested in boxing the UFC lightweight champ, posting the following on his Instagram this past weekend.

Before Nurmagomedov can think of a boxing fight with Mayweather, he has a lightweight title defense to worry about. The Russian champ puts his gold up for grabs against Tony Ferguson, the man many believe can hand Nurmagomedov the first loss of his MMA career, at the UFC 249 PPV from Brooklyn, New York on April 18.

After that, however, the Nurmagomedov camp tells TASS that they’re open to fighting Mayweather, and will begin negotiations for the fight. Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, noted that his son will work with unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko for six months before fighting Mayweather. He also threw in an interesting stipulation. The Nurmagomedovs are willing to box 11 rounds with Mayweather, but want the 12th and final round to be under MMA rules.

“Mayweather has statistics on fights of 50 wins and zero losses, he is the greatest in boxing and he wants to fight with the same champion who did not lose a single fight, with Khabib, everything is fine, but now we have Tony Ferguson on the line. We said a long time ago: let us finish with Tony, after that we will work with [the team of Ukrainian boxer Vasily] Lomachenko for six months, then there will be a boxing fight.

“We offer any day anywhere, with only one condition: 11 rounds in boxing and one in mixed martial arts (MMA). We will stand 11 rounds against the best boxer, so why not go one round according to the rules of MMA with us? But all things will happen after Tony.”

It will be interesting to see if Mayweather would ever agree to compete under an MMA ruleset. Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant and punishing fighters on the ground, so it’s very hard to believe that Mayweather would risk taking that level of damage.

What do you think about Nurmagomedov boxing 11 rounds with Mayweather, and fighting in MMA for one round?

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Oscar De La Hoya Responds To Conor McGregor Boxing Talk: Stay In Your Own Lane

Boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya would not be a fan of seeing Conor McGregor return to the sweet science. McGregor enjoyed a triumphant return to the Octagon when he defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last weekend. There has since been talk of the Irishman potentially rematching Floyd Mayweather while there’s also been discussion […]

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Boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya would not be a fan of seeing Conor McGregor return to the sweet science.

McGregor enjoyed a triumphant return to the Octagon when he defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last weekend. There has since been talk of the Irishman potentially rematching Floyd Mayweather while there’s also been discussion of a Manny Pacquiao fight as well.

However, De La Hoya believes fighters in both sports should just stay in their lane.

“I think every sport should just stay in their own lane,” De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV when asked about McGregor. “I wouldn’t mind seeing a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight again because they’re two boxers. Just stay in your own lane — I think it’s best for every sport.”

In the past, there has also been talk of Khabib Nurmagomedov boxing Floyd Mayweather. But for De La Hoya, it would be pointless as the result would not be any different to when McGregor boxed Mayweather.

“We’ve seen it once before,” he added. “Nothing’s going to change. Mayweather’s the best at what he does in boxing and an MMA fighter is not going to beat him in boxing.

“… Just stay in your own lane and we’ll all be happy. I saw the McGregor fight [vs. Cerrone]. He’s awesome at what he does in the Octagon. And I love watching fights with Pacquiao and Mayweather. Let’s just stick to our own lanes and enjoy these fights and let’s grow these sports collectively.”

It’s hard not to agree with De La Hoya.

What do you make of his comments?

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Bob Arum Wants Two-Fight Deal For Conor McGregor vs. Terence Crawford

Conor McGregor has made it clear that he wants to box again. However, who would be his opponent in such a contest? Of course, there’s always the possibility of rematching Floyd Mayweather, a fight “Money” himself has shown interest in recently. McGregor has noted he truly believes, with a few corrections, he’ll do the unthinkable […]

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Conor McGregor has made it clear that he wants to box again. However, who would be his opponent in such a contest?

Of course, there’s always the possibility of rematching Floyd Mayweather, a fight “Money” himself has shown interest in recently. McGregor has noted he truly believes, with a few corrections, he’ll do the unthinkable and hand Mayweather his first-ever career loss. There have also been rumblings that McGregor could face another boxing legend in Manny Pacquiao.

With that being said, McGregor has noted that he’d like to win a world title in boxing. One way to do that is by challenging current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. It sounds like the Crawford camp is down for the idea as well. Speaking to ESPN, promoter Bob Arum suggested a two-fight deal between McGregor and Crawford. One fight taking place under mixed martial arts (MMA) rules, the next in boxing.

“You’ve got an elite boxer in Terence Crawford fighting an elite MMA guy in Conor McGregor under MMA rules,” Arum said. “You don’t think that would be interesting and something the public would want to see? I think it’s very realistic.”

Arum also revealed that there have been discussions between both sides, however, he did not specify as to who was involved in those negotiations.

“Whenever they are ready we are ready,” Arum said. “We’d do the MMA fight first if that’s what they want.”

Crawford, who has a wrestling background, was asked about his interest in such a deal, to which “Bud” admitted he’s down to fight the Irishman in the boxing ring, or the Octagon.

“I’m a fighter first. As a fighter I would entertain it,” Crawford said. “I just have to have the proper time to prepare myself. It would be a little more than boxing training. I haven’t been in that (wrestling) environment in a long time, but most definitely I feel I can compete with anyone given the proper time to train on the MMA side being that I have a wrestling background.

“McGregor would have to worry about my standup game as well. It would be interesting. He’s got good kicks and he’s strong. I’d have to prepare myself for those things but I feel I would be alright.”

Arum also noted that it would be beneficial for McGregor to fight Crawford because he’d make a ton of money returning to the boxing ring – despite noting that the Irishman would have zero chance against Crawford in the squared circle. However, he does give Crawford a shot to beat McGregor inside the Octagon due to the WBO champion’s wrestling background.

“Fighting Crawford would be great for McGregor because he has no chance in a boxing match except to pick up a check,” Arum said. “In an MMA match he would be the favorite, but Crawford would have a chance because he’s one tough dude and because he has a wrestling background.

“I think that Crawford is the one boxer that can compete with an elite MMA guy under MMA rules. We’d do two fights so we can level the playing field by fighting in both disciplines. Mayweather and Pacquiao would never fight under MMA rules. Crawford would.”

Crawford competed in wrestling in middle school and explained he still dabbles in it when he’s not preparing for a boxing match. He notes that wrestling runs in his family as well.

“I always had the talent for wrestling but I liked to throw my hands. I liked punching people in the face more than hugging them,” Crawford said. “My dad was a wrestler, my uncle and my grandfather wrestled, and they were always teaching me the moves. I just liked boxing more.

“A lot of people may say if Terence goes into the Octagon he will get crushed but they don’t know me.”

Do you want to see a two-fight crossover deal with McGregor and Crawford?

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Tyson Fury Clarifies MMA Aspirations, Wants Modified Boxing Match With UFC Champ

Lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been talking a lot about a potential mixed martial arts (MMA) career as of late. However, fans may have misinterpreted his aspirations. Fury has been filmed training MMA with the likes of top-ranked UFC middleweight and fellow Englishman Darren Till. Till had nothing but good things to say […]

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Lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been talking a lot about a potential mixed martial arts (MMA) career as of late. However, fans may have misinterpreted his aspirations.

Fury has been filmed training MMA with the likes of top-ranked UFC middleweight and fellow Englishman Darren Till. Till had nothing but good things to say about his training session with Fury, who is preparing to challenge Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title next month. A rematch of the pair’s initial fight in December of 2018.

“The Gypsy King” also suggested that he could be training with Conor McGregor next, as he attempts to make more connections in the MMA world. When asked about the possibility of having Fury fight in the UFC, president Dana White sounded somewhat interested, but couldn’t understand why Fury would want to leave the world of boxing, in which he is one of the best heavyweights in the world and making ridiculous money, to pursue a sport that he’d need years to develop in.

Well, in a recent interview with ESPN Radio, Fury cleared some things up regarding his MMA talk. Fury doesn’t want to do full-on MMA; which includes wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and kicks, on top of boxing. Instead, he wants to face whoever the UFC’s heavyweight champion of the world is at the time, inside a cage, in a boxing match with MMA gloves. (H/T Bloody Elbow)

“I don’t want to go into an MMA fight, rolling around the floor and all that, no. But I would fight one of their champions in small gloves,” Fury said. “Maybe in a cage, but with boxing rules. I think that would be very interesting. … With UFC gloves, the little 4-ounce gloves, that would be good for me.”

Fury added that, after his fight with Wilder, he plans on sitting down and discussing business with Dana White to see if they can come to an arrangement on a bout.

”After I beat Deontay Wilder next month, I’m going to have a sit-down with Dana [White] and we’re going to go for it, run some numbers and see if the fight makes sense. Whoever’s available from that side, and whoever’s willing to get their ass kicked in the cage by the heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the one I want.”

Fury could be looking at a lot of opportunities if he makes it past Wilder next month, as there are talks he could take part in WrestleMania with the WWE if he emerges victorious as well. Whatever Fury decides to do next, one thing is for certain. The world will definitely be watching.

What do you think about Fury wanting a modified boxing match against a UFC star inside the Octagon?

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Dana White Reiterates Plans With Floyd Mayweather Following UFC 246

Floyd Mayweather will be working with UFC president Dana White — whether it’s for a rematch with Conor McGregor remains to be seen. Mayweather made sure to capitalize on McGregor’s successful return at UFC 246 on Saturday night by teasing a boxing rematch with the Irishman. Most would assume it’s just the former boxing champion’s […]

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Floyd Mayweather will be working with UFC president Dana White — whether it’s for a rematch with Conor McGregor remains to be seen.

Mayweather made sure to capitalize on McGregor’s successful return at UFC 246 on Saturday night by teasing a boxing rematch with the Irishman. Most would assume it’s just the former boxing champion’s way of staying in the headlines.

However, anything can happen in combat sports. After all, Mayweather and White have repeatedly teased a “spectacular event” in 2020 so it’s not out of the realms of possibility.

White even added that he was in touch with Mayweather on the night but didn’t say anything more:

“Floyd and I have been talking tonight, too,” White said at the post-fight press conference (via MMA Junkie). “Listen, we’re doing something with Floyd. We’re doing something with Floyd. And, umm, you know … I don’t know. It’s like, tonight’s the night of the fight, you got the Khabib fight coming, and there’s just so much going on.

“Floyd is in our plans, and we are in Floyd’s plans this year, and we’ll end up doing something.”

It looks like we’ll only really find out what the duo have planned in the latter half of the year.

Do you think we’ll see Mayweather fight McGregor again?

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