With Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather willing to fight each other, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping thinks Nurmagomedov has a better shot than Conor McGregor did.
“I swear to God, Khabib would go the distance with Mayweather,” Bisping claimed on his Believe You Me podcast. “He’d go the distance with Mayweather. I’m not saying Khabib is a better boxer than McGregor, he’s not a better striker, he’s not as elusive, he’s not as slick – but he’s got a f**king chin and he’s got cardio for days. And Mayweather, at his age, he was never a knockout guy even though he did have some knockouts. He knocked out England’s very own Ricky Hatton in devastating fashion, but I don’t see it.”
“He couldn’t put McGregor down and that’s what Khabib’s saying – you couldn’t put McGregor down, I put McGregor down – but he put McGregor down through fatigue and that was his game plan. McGregor was very, very tired and he started eating shots, and in the end he couldn’t even fight back because he was so exhausted and kind of beat up, so the referee stepped in. That wouldn’t happen against Khabib. Mayweather would probably embarrass him and light him up and pick him apart all night long, but Khabib would probably go 12 rounds. Conor wasn’t far away from going 12 rounds.”
“Mayweather isn’t bothered. . . Khabib, on the flip side, is like, ‘I kind of fancy that,’ because he’s a fighter, he’s a tough motherf**ker,” concluded Bisping on a potential Floyd-Khabib Showdown. “And he’s not particularly motivated by the money but everybody’s motivated a little bit by potentially $40-$50 million. It wouldn’t be a McGregor type payday, it wouldn’t do those type of numbers, but it’s still gonna be a big payday.
“As of right now, both guys have said they want to do it. That’s the biggest thing.”
Quotes Transcribed: MMA Fighting