UFC sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov has raised the ante by calling out boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, saying: “In the jungle there is only one king.”
Russian Nurmagomedov, 30, beat Conor McGregor on 6 October to extend his unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 27-0.
It was McGregor’s first UFC fight since the Irishman lost a boxing bout to American Mayweather in August 2017.
“Let’s go, Floyd, we have to fight now,” said Nurmagomedov, in an Instagram video filmed with Leonard Ellerbe, the chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.
“50-0 v 27-0 – two guys who never lose. Why not?”
Nurmagomedov, renowned for his wrestling skills, caught McGregor with a punch before winning their contest with a choke as he forced his opponent to tap out.
Mayweather, 41, stopped McGregor in the 10th round in their fight, one of the richest bouts in boxing history.
“Of course I am the king because he could not drop McGregor and I dropped him easily,” added Nurmagomedov, who retained his UFC lightweight title against McGregor.
There’s a catch for him, however as Mayweather, who has not fought since the McGregor bout, has said he will come out of retirement only to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch later this year.
Fingers crossed on this one…