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UFC boss meets with Floyd Mayweather’s team

UFC boss meets with Floyd Mayweather’s team

UFC president Dana White has said in the past that he doubts a fight will materialize between boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. We'll let him tell you himself.

"There's a reason Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys: There's big money there for him".

The idea of this fight first formulated when Nurmagomedov and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would post an Instagram video that featured a challenge for the retired boxing champion.

"He added: "We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again, he's gotta come fight in the UFC".

White now wants to bring Mayweather to the UFC but did begrudgingly admit that there is only one man who could change his mind - Nurmagomedov.

And preliminary talks between the UFC brass and Team Mayweather have seemingly already taken place.

"I don't think it's realistic at all, but I didn't think the (McGregor) boxing match was either".

"Khabib is under contract with the UFC; we haven't talked to anybody from the Mayweather team".

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"I don't think it's going to happen", he said to ESPN. "Obviously there's big money there for us, but I'm not into making those kind of fights".

However, White insisted that he would only consider it if it were to take place in the UFC, a move which is at odds with Nurmagomedov's desire to have one fight under a boxing ruleset and the other in mixed martial arts.

"If it was something that Khabib really wanted to do, we'd have to sit down and talk about it, but I don't like anything about it".

Mayweather previously had been linked to a switch to UFC, but neither his nor Nurmagomedov's camp has addressed the terms of a possible fight.

In October, the founder of The Money Team Russia, Timofey Kurgin, exclusively told RT Sport that Mayweather had in fact been in talks with the UFC.

Mayweather is 50-0 as a boxer with 21 knockouts, and most recently defeated McGregor when McGregor transitioned from the UFC Octagon to the boxing ring.

The UFC's lightweight champion made a beeline for the legendary boxer a few days after his career-defining victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229. Both fighters are ordered to attend hearing on December 10 to discover their fates.


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