Khabib: I’m the Floyd Mayweather of MMA
Top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t want to hear about Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor.
The Russian fighter plans to get his own hands on McGregor after getting past Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 in March.
Nurmagomedov spoke with TMZ Sports ahead of the interim lightweight title fight and said that McGregor will lose much of his shine if they step into the cage together in 2017.
“Conor has to be careful because I’m going to smash Tony Ferguson and after I’m going to smash Conor McGregor,” Nurmagomedov said. “I think after this one, people will begin to forget about this guy. But now, everybody talks about him, but it’s okay. For me, it’s okay."
If Khabib can keep his undefeated streak going with a win over #2 Ferguson, he would be set to challenge McGregor for his lightweight title when the Irishman returns to the cage. But things aren’t so simple: McGregor calls the shots, and he seems to be more interested in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather than any old UFC title defense.
Nurmagomedov is doing his best to ignore the Mayweather vs. McGregor talk, as it means little to him. He has been chasing the UFC lightweight title for a long time, amassing a 24-0 pro record that is unparalleled in the sport of MMA. As far as resumes go, Khabib says he has more in common with Mayweather than McGregor does.
“I don’t care about him, I only want to fight for the title. This is what I want. I don’t care about Conor or Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers, but I think I am the Floyd Mayweather of MMA. I am 24-0, I can be 26-0 — 10-0 in the UFC — undefeated and undisputed UFC lightweight champion. I want to become the greatest lightweight ever. This is what I want.”