Even though Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is the biggest fight the UFC could make, if McGregor is to get a rematch with the UFC lightweight champion, it may come in the boxing ring.
“As for the fight against Conor under boxing rules, this is a fight we are interested in,” Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap told Russian news outlet Izvestia. “Khabib showed that he is able to beat the best strikers of mixed martial arts. He said this before, but few believed it. However, after strong victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe.”
“Nurmagomedov is able to do it in the boxing ring. Khabib has all the skills to win by the rules of boxing. One of the key skills can be called endurance. I remember his five-round fight with Iaquinta, in which Khabib showed his willingness to fight in absolutely any area, using everything from a light left jab to control on the ground. I want to note that the fight with Iaquinta was of great importance for us, there was a title belt at stake and it was important to keep the bout calm and take the win. Which we did.”
While McGregor has called for a rematch against Nurmagomedov following his UFC 229 loss, either immediately or after facing another top lightweight, the odds of it happening in a boxing ring is less than likely.
Quotes Via: Irish Times