Khabib Reveals Why McGregor vs. Mayweather Is A Dangerous Fight For MMA


Like everyone in the fight game, UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov  has heard about Conor McGregor’s intent to box Floyd Mayweather, but the Dagestani has mixed emotions on what a potential super fight between the two could do.

Nurmagomedov discussed his thoughts on a Mayweather vs. McGregor showdown on Saturday, saying:

“As a fan, it is a very interesting fight,” Khabib said. “I understand perfectly why it is carried out. It is guaranteed to bring the organizers a lot of money. Such an event the world of martial arts is not yet known.”

“But in truth, for MMA it is a very dangerous fight. We’re close to boxing in terms of popularity ratings. And if the most-promoted fighter the UFC such as McGregor is defeated by a 40-year-old boxer, it would be a blow to the reputation of MMA. But the money apparently outweighs any risks.”

The decorated wrestler most recently was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 209 bout with Tony Ferguson. The 28-year-old sambo specialist remains a perfect 24-0, however, and expects to be back in the mix as a contender upon his return.

Nurmagomedov said he expects to return to the Octagon sometime in August or September.

As for McGregor vs. Mayweather, no official deal has been inked, but has been the talk of the fight world ever since the two proposed the idea of such a superfight between boxing and mixed martial arts.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    We’ve all considered that already, and its something to wonder about
    But it seems like people in the west on either side of the boxing/MMA coin have decided that thats not that big of a worry

    This is a guy from Kurgistan or whatever who isn’t as familiar with the public moods and general sentiments on American soil and in western culture

    If Khabib wants to worry about MMA’s rep, tell him to show up for a fight one of these days and he can carry the torch for keeping it popular

    • Albert Dinh

      He should shut the hell up and learn how to cut weight first.. lol.. All talk no show..

      • Jess Fenchley

        Yet, he is right. You do know the Ferguson also did not show to fight Khabib, right?

        • David Twardy

          He was there i saw it

  • leonaidis

    All the pressure is on Floyd, no one in his/her right mind sees Conor winning this one. Floyd needs to win this one and he needs to win fast, and in dominating fashion. Floyd, perhaps the best boxer that has ever lived, against a guy with 0 pro boxing fights, a guy that Nate Diaz beat up. I don’t see how it would come as a surprise to any one when Conor loses. And if he wins, then it’s all on boxing. If Conor wins it is going to destroy boxings reputation, if Floyd wins, nobody expected any thing else.

    • Jess Fenchley

      pressure is irrelevant when you are guaranteed 100 million, win or lose. anyone on earth would get into the ring and get knocked out for that amount of money. don’t be a sucker. this is not a fight. it is a blatant cash grab,

      • David Twardy

        Theres pressure for Floyd 10000% hes going for a record of 50-0 , and for pride in the boxing world. he already has more money then he will ever spend