Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photos: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports and Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Team Khabib talk special rules bout with Floyd Mayweather

"...why not go one round according to the rules of MMA with us?"

How would a fight between world boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov look? If you ask Team Khabib, then the potential Mayweather bout would be contested under a special rule set. Nurmagomedov will be facing dangerous and unorthodox former interim champ Tony Ferguson in the main event at UFC 249. Despite this, there has been much talk of a fight between Nurmagomedov and Mayweather.

The UFC lightweight champion is a student of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, a much respected figure in their home region of Dagestan, Russia. Recently the elder Nurmagomedov did an interview, detailing how they would like a bout to look. According to Abdulmanap, Floyd Mayweather vs Khabib Nurmagomedov would be eleven rounds of boxing and a final twelfth round in MMA.


“Mayweather has statistics on fights of 50 wins and zero losses, he is the greatest in boxing and he wants to fight with the same champion who did not lose a single fight, with Khabib,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told Tass.ru. (translated via Google Translate). “Everything is fine, but now we have Tony Ferguson on the line.

“We said a long time ago: let us finish with Tony, after that we will work with [the team of Ukrainian boxer Vasily] Lomachenko for six months, then there will be a boxing fight,” Nurmagomedov added. “We offer any day anywhere, with only one condition: 11 rounds in boxing and one in mixed martial arts, we will stand 11 rounds against the best boxer, so why not go one round according to the rules of MMA with us? But all things will happen after Tony.”

Nurmagomedov would be wise not to look past Ferguson, however. Ferguson has been praised for his unusual techniques and dangerous ground game. Despite this, Nurmagomedov is a sizeable favourite according to the odds makers. Should he get past Ferguson the UFC would undoubtedly want to see Nurmagomedov rematch Conor McGregor, but it remains to be seen if there is a potential bout with Mayweather in the near future.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com