Dana White decided to come to the table and speak with Floyd Mayweather’s team regarding a fight with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The idea of this fight first formulated when Nurmagomedov and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would post an Instagram video that featured a challenge for the retired boxing champion.
Since then, Mayweather has been focusing his attention on a fight with Nurmagomedov, which Mayweather claims can make him nine figures.
“I actually had a meeting yesterday in Los Angeles about this,” White said to ESPN’s Get Up morning show. “I don’t want to say anything that makes it sound like, ‘Oh wow, this could happen.’ But we had talks yesterday.”
“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,” said White, who has made it clear that the only way he allows the fight is if it is inside the Octagon.
“We went over there, we boxed him,” White said of Mayweather’s 2017 boxing showdown with Conor McGregor, which would net 4.3 million buys on Pay-Per-View. “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.
“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.”
Quotes Via: Boxing Scene