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Let’s go: Khabib issues Mayweather challenge

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon arrival home on October 8. AFP

Let’s go: Khabib issues Mayweather challenge

Mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a page out of Conor McGregor’s playbook and issued a challenge to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Nurmagomedov’s challenge came in a video posted on Instagram by Mayweather promoter Leonard Ellerbe, who indicated he ran into the UFC fighter at a fight card in Russia.

“Let’s go Floyd. We have to fight now: 50-0 versus 27-0,” Nurmagomedov said with Ellerbe standing next to him smiling. “We are two guys who never lose. In the jungle there is only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily. Let’s go.”

Nurmagomedov did not say whether he wished to fight Mayweather in a boxing or UFC match. Like McGregor, the Russian has no previous experience as a professional boxer.

McGregor made millions last year by taking on Mayweather in lopsided boxing match. Mayweather appeared to toy with McGregor in the early rounds before stopping the Irishman in the 10th to improve to 50-0.

On October 6, Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight crown, beating McGregor by fourth-round submission.

He then climbed out of the Octagon to fight with a member of McGregor’s entourage who had been taunting him. McGregor also took some punches from members of Nurmagomedov’s team.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov were to be temporarily suspended on Monday ahead of a Nevada Athletic Commission hearing and investigation into that post-fight brawl, according to multiple reports on Friday.

Bob Bennett, executive director of the commission, said a temporary ban would be put in place on Monday ahead of the group’s October 24 meeting, which would feature a hearing on whether or not the mixed martial arts fighters should be indefinitely suspended pending the results of an investigation into the aftermath of the UFC melee.

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