Mixed Martials Arts (MMA) UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to follow the example of former champion, Conor McGregor by challenging boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jnr to a fight.
The Russian defeated McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas earlier this month to retain his belt and a perfect record (27-0), although the victory was marred by scenes that followed the fight as both men clashed with individuals from the opposing camps.
Nurmagomedov posted on his Instagram: “Let's go Floyd. We have to fight now: 50-0 versus 27-0. We are two guys who never lose. ... Because in the jungle there is only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily. Let's go."
The Russian's call comes as no surprise, given that it is not just about the fame, but also about the cash as McGregor's encounter with the unbeaten American boxing champion, raked some millions of dollars.
According to Sports Centre, McGregor said in November 2017—several months after his 11th-round loss to Mayweather in August that year—that he took home around $100 million for the bout, having been guaranteed $30 million, per Forbes' Trent Reinsmith.
However, many observers believe Nurmagomedov's latest call is also an attempt to move away from the UFC, for an impending ban.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor have temporarily been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their roles in the UFC 229 brawl, with a meeting set for October 24, to discuss further penalties.
The champion could also be suspended indefinitely by the UFC for the part he played in the post-UFC 229 drama at the T-Mobile Arena, where he jumped the Octagon fence to attack mixed martial artist Dillon Danis in the audience.
Danis is a part of McGregor's coaching setup and was attacked after allegedly taunting Nurmagomedov, according to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.
Zubaira Tukhugov was part of Nurmagomedov's training camp and was involved in the melee also, hopping into the cage and aiming several bare-knuckle jabs at the just-defeated McGregor as the furore escalated.
Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit the UFC if fighter Tukhugov is fired, as has been suggested, leading rapper 50 Cent to offer The Eagle a hefty payday if he signed for rival promotion Bellator.