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Dana White: If Floyd Mayweather wants Khabib Nurmagomedov, 'you fight in the UFC'

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Dana White already said to ignore Floyd Mayeather’s tease of fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the UFC president can’t ignore questions about the possibility.

Things started earlier this month after Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229. One week later, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion appeared in an Instagram video alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, calling for a fight with the unbeaten boxing king. A few days later, Mayweather said game on.

“Oh, we’re fighting,” Mayweather told TMZ. “I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end, we can make it happen.”

White laughed off Mayweather’s words, chalking them up as a way to simply keep his name in the news. In a new TMZ video released Tuesday, White was asked again about the possibility of Mayweather vs. Khabib. He said if Mayweather (50-0 boxing) wants to fight Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC), it can happen in the octagon – not in a boxing ring.

“Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight. You fight in the UFC,” White said. “We’re not boxing again. We did that once. That’s over. You want to fight? Come fight. A real fight.”

One thing Mayweather was sure about earlier this month? There will be no MMA fight against Nurmagomedov.

“Who’s the A side?,” Mayweather said earlier this month. “He called me out, so he’s got to come to my world.”

But White seemingly has no interest after the madness that was Mayweather vs. McGregor. The UFC co-promoted last year’s blockbuster crossover match, which included a chaotic world tour. Mayweather won the fight by 10th-round TKO.

Even though once apparently was enough, White said the UFC still intends on getting into the boxing business. He’s just taking his time.

“We’re getting into boxing 100 percent, for sure,” White said. “I’m not diving in head first. I’m dipping my toe in.”

If not a boxing match with Mayweather, what’s next for Nurmagomedov? First will come punishment for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, which started after he jumped the octagon fence and went after McGregor teammate Dillon Danis. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is expected to resolve the case against Nurmagomedov – and McGregor – in December.

After that, though? White reiterated that Tony Ferguson makes the most sense to be Nurmagomedov’s next challenger.

“I mean, Tony Ferguson is the right fight,” White said. “Tony Ferguson didn’t lose the (interim) belt in a fight, so that’s the right fight. … It’s the fight to make. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. It’s obviously going to depend on the suspension and what happens.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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