Khabib Challenges Floyd Mayweather To Fight After McGregor Victory
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You'd think Khabib Nurmagomedov would be lying low for a bit, following his dramatic fight with Conor McGregor last weekend - which ended in a suspension for both men after a brawl broke out at the end of the event.
But despite the fact that he's currently in hot water, Nurmagomedov's apparently not the one to keep a low profile - quite the opposite, in fact, as he's been busy challenging Floyd Mayweather to a fight. Why? Because there's 'only one king' in the jungle, obviously.
Mayweather went toe-to-toe with MMA star McGregor in a boxing match last summer, beating the Irishman in the 10th round. Not surprising, really, given that Mayweather had the comfort blanket of his own sport.
But it seems that Nurmagomedov now wants a piece of the action, too.
He was stood next to Leonard Ellerbe (who's the CEO of Mayweather Promotions) on Saturday night, when, smiling to the camera, he said: "Let's go Floyd we have to fight now - 50-0 vs 27-0 - two guys who never lose. Let's go, 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."
Ellerbe then shook the Russian fighter's hand, saying: "You'll get some of that work, baby."
The fighting talk comes a week after Nurmagomedov successfully defeated McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 229, a victory that ended in controversy.
Just moments after his win, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to attack McGregor's coach, Dillion Danis. Seconds later, three people from Nurmagomedov's team were then arrested after attacking his opponent. McGregor decided against pressing charges, partly because of his involvement in the incident.
Addressing what had happened in a statement posted to his Instagram page, Nurmagomedov said: "Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there; why [does] no-one say anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?
"Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought? If you say that I started it, then I do not agree. I finished what he had started.
"In any case, punish me, [Zubaira] has nothing to do with that.
"If you think that I'll keep silent, then you are mistaken. You cancelled Zubaira's fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don't forget that it was Conor who had hit my other brother FIRST, just check the video.
"If you decide to fire him, you should know that you'll lose me, too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my brother. If you still decide to fire him, don't forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself.
"And one more thing: you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won't get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honour and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end."
According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor has called him and asked for a rematch with Nurmagomedov... though it looks like he might have to wait until he's done with Mayweather first.