UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in setting up another boxing match between one of his fighters and Floyd Mayweather again. At least that’s what he told TMZ in a recent interview, when asked about all the talk of Mayweather vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov that has come up lately:
“If Mayweather wants to fight, come fight. Come fight in the UFC. We’re not boxing again. We did that once, that’s over. You want to fight, come fight.”
“You want to fight, come fight,” he repeated. “A real fight.”
The “once” was of course the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight in August 2016. It was one of the biggest draws in PPV history, and saw Floyd take a 10th-round TKO win. On the heels of UFC 229, where Khabib defeated McGregor in the biggest UFC event to date, talk had swarmed about Khabib-Floyd. But as Dana helpfully pointed out, Khabib still has the commission to worry about following his post-fight antics:
“He and Conor both have to go before the Nevada Athletic Commission,” he said. “I think that’s scheduled for December. We’ll see what happens.”
With that being said, White says he’s still interested in getting into boxing. But he’s going to take his time:
“We’re getting into boxing 100%, for sure. I’m not diving in head first, I’m dipping my toe in.”
White also stated that the next logical opponent for Nurmagomedov was former interim champ Tony Ferguson, but the commission stuff needs to be figured out first before anything can happen. Khabib was recently given half of his two million dollar purse that had been withheld by NAC, but they are holding the rest until a resolution can be reached.
In the meantime, I’m sure we’ll hear back from Floyd about this sometime soon.