Russia’s Nurmagomedov revealed his interest in facing Mayweather a few days after successfully defending his lightweight title against Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 229.
“Hey let’s go, Floyd, we have to fight now,” he said in a video alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
“50 and 0 verses 27 and 0, two guys that 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 [Mayweather] can not drop McGregor but I drop him easily.”
Mayweather, who will take on Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match at the end of the month, accepted the Dagestan native’s challenge but was adamant he wouldn’t fight him inside the Octagon.
Talk of a fight between the pair has died down in recent weeks, but Nurmagomedov’s father – Abdulmanap – is adamant ‘The Eagle’ could soon find himself inside the ring with the former five-weight world champion.
“A fight with Floyd is possible after the end of the contract with the UFC,” he told IZ.ru.
“This is interesting not only for us, but also for serious investors.
“This may happen May 4 in Grozny.”
Nurmagomedov is more intrigued by a boxing match with Mayweather than a bout with former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, who is seemingly in pole position face the grappling phenom next.
“For legacy and in the sense of the money aspect, and in a sporting sense, I think the Mayweather fight is much more interesting (than Ferguson),” Nurmagomedov said at a recent media event.
“The athletics commission needs to finish up first and then we’ll talk.”
Before Nurmagomedov can pursue any fight, he must learn his punishment for his part in the brawl which followed his UFC 229 victory over McGregor, a fracas he ignited by leaping over the Octagon and attempting to drop kick Dillon Danis.
Russia’s first UFC belt holder is currently indefinitely suspended from competing and is scheduled to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday afternoon.
McGregor was due to attend the hearing but has been granted a continuance by the commission and will no longer be required to make an appearance.