Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Dana White Responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov Threatening to Leave the UFC

Dana White Responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov Threatening to Leave the UFC

Floyd Mayweather has challenged UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov to step into the ring for a mega-fight he says could be worth $US200 million.

"We're good with Khabib", White told TMZ on Tuesday. "I can't say what's going on on Khabib's end, but on my end we can make it happen", Mayweather said.

"When I face Khabib, I'm getting a nine-figure payday", said Mayweather. But let's not all forget there was a period of time where the idea of seeing Mayweather square off with McGregor in a boxing ring sounded implausible - yet, there we all were last August watching it happen.

As for what the future holds for Nurmagomedov, White says nothing has been decided yet but he did shoot down a rumor that started floating around on Tuesday that an offer had already been made for $15 million for a rematch against McGregor.

Nurmagomedov is well known for his "ground and pound" style in UFC but the huge numbers involved mean he could easily be tempted to fight Mayweather in the ring. Nurmagomedov is now suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his actions following his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229.

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"Let's go Floyd, we have to fight now", Nurmagomedov said. The Russian has threatened to quit the UFC over the cancelation of his friend Zuybara Tukhugov's fight on the next UFC card, over his role in the post-fight melee.

White stopped short of confirming whether or not Tukhugov will remain on the UFC roster, although he's already been pulled from his upcoming fight on October 27 against Artem Lobov at the UFC Fight Night card in Canada. "It could be somewhere upwards of $110m to $200m guaranteed".

Nurmagomedov has also spoken enthusiastically about facing Mayweather.

"Two guys never lose".

Despite adding that he's not sure if he would ever return to the octagon, and Dana White not being interested in him coming back for big-money fights then leaving again, it's surely something that would entice GSP should the circumstances be right. Because in the jungle, there's only one king.

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