You knew this was coming.
The callout happened over the weekend in a video posted to Instagram as Nurmagomedov is ringside, arm-in-arm, with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
“Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now,” Nurmagomedov said. “50-0 vs. 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not? Because in the jungle only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily.”
Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) is pointing to the fact that he knocked down McGregor with an overhand right in the second round of their UFC 229 headliner this month before forcing McGregor to tap out in the fourth. In their boxing match last year, Mayweather (50-0 boxing) soundly defeated McGregor by 10th-round TKO but was unable to drop the former two-division UFC champ.
Serious or not, while Nurmagomedov has aimed as high as possible for his next fight with the Mayweather callout, “The Eagle” first has to deal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC, which regulated UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, issued Nurmagomedov a temporary 10-day suspension last week for his role in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229.
Nurmagomedov set everything into motion by hopping the octagon fence and going after McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis in the moments following his win. Nurmagomedov apologized but also deferred blame to McGregor, who also is facing a suspension, for provoking him with trash talk about his family, religion and country in the build-up to UFC 229.
As for Mayweather, he said in September that he was coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. So would Mayweather even be intrigued by another crossover superfight?
Ellerbe’s response to Nurmagomedov could be telling.
“You’re gonna get some of that work, baby!” he said.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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