Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather say they’re going to fight each other. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather say they want to fight each other. But UFC President Dana White isn’t convinced. In fact, he heavily doubts that fight is ever going to take place. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ll let him tell you himself.
“I actually had a meeting yesterday in Los Angeles about this. I don’t want to say anything that makes it sound like, ‘Oh wow, this could happen.’ But we had talks yesterday,” White said on ESPN’s ‘Get Up!’ Thursday (via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto).
Well what the heck, Dana? Don’t leave us in the dark like this!
“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t think the fight would happen in the UFC, but they didn’t say no.”
And then White laid down the law. If another crossover fight is going to happen, there’s only one way it’s going to be. Hint: not Mayweather’s way.
“If he wants to do it again, he has to come to the UFC. I don’t think it’s realistic at all, but I didn’t think the [McGregor] boxing match was either. So, we’ll see,” White continues.
Plus, the UFC President knows why Mayweather wants to fight UFC fighters. We know why too, of course, but White feels the need to spell it out anyway.
“There’s a reason Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys: There’s big money there for him. Obviously, there’s big money there for us, but I’m not into making those kind of fights. If Floyd wants to come over here — he says he’s been wrestling and doing this or that — if he wants to come over and fight in the UFC, he’s more than welcome,” White adds.
Now, a matchup between Khabib and Mayweather would be a battle of the unbeatens. However, if it does happen under UFC rules, Floyd doesn’t stand a chance. We all know this. That’s why it probably won’t happen.
Probably being the operative word.