Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father Says Son Would Fight Conor McGregor in Boxing Match
By FCF Staff
Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominant, submission win over Conor McGregor last month, the UFC champ’s father is reporting his son would face McGregor again…but in a boxing match.
Although McGregor reportedly asked the UFC for an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov, there’s been no real indication to date that’s going to happen. Recently Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov spoke with the Russian outlet Izvestia. While discussing another bout between his son and McGregor, Nurmagomedov said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“As for the fight against Conor under boxing rules, this is a fight we are interested in,” Abdulmanap said. “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.”
Nurmagomedov and McGregor are still facing disciplinary action from the Nevada Commission, as a result of the post-fight brawl that occurred at UFC 229.