“I think it’s insane,” the two-division champ Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a media day ahead of his UFC 230 title defense against Derrick Lewis. “Khabib better not do that, unless he’s just going to get paid.
“Teammate or no teammate, he’s getting beat up by Floyd Mayweather. And he’s too tough to quit, so he’ll just get beat up for 12 rounds, and getting beat up for 12 rounds is not good.”
Cormier had just finished explaining why he isn’t all-in on a rematch between Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC). To him, another fight would only illustrate why the champ and ex-champ are on different levels in the grappling game.
The same reckoning would be in store for the lightweight champ if he attempted to throw hands with arguably the world’s greatest boxer.
Luckily for Cormier, it appears UFC President Dana White is on the same page. Today, White told ESPN.com to “ignore” Mayweather’s recent talk of a fight with Nurmagomedov, instead pointing to a long-awaited showdown with ex-interim champ Tony Ferguson.
Assuming Mayweather (50-0 boxing) can’t get media partners Showtime and CBS to write insane checks for another “Money Fight,” it looks like Nurmagomedov will only use his primary skill set. Cormier is happy to help on that front.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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