UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has challenged Floyd Mayweather in a unique boxing match with the last round under MMA rules.
Khabib Nurmagomedov who remains undefeated is still yet to face Tony Ferguson in New York this year on 18 April.
The Russian UFC lightweight champion is confident that he will emerge victorious in his title defense match up with Ferguson and has already planned to train with Vasyl Lomachenko in the six months expected build-up to his fight with Floyd Mayweather.
As if the match between the two (currently) undefeated champions would not be enough to draw a crowd, Khabib’s camp have gone and added a sensational twist to their terms stating that the first 11 rounds will be boxing with the 12th and final round being under MMA rules.
Khabib’s father went on to confirm his son’s intention to take on Mayweather going on to say the following:
“Mayweather has statistics on fights of 50 wins and zero losses, he is the greatest in boxing and he wants to fight with the same champion who did not lose a single fight, with Khabib, everything is fine, but now we have Tony Ferguson on the line. We said a long time ago: let us finish with Tony, after that we will work with [the team of Ukrainian boxer Vasily] Lomachenko for six months, then there will be a boxing fight.”
“We offer any day anywhere, with only one condition: 11 rounds in boxing and one in mixed martial arts (MMA). We will stand 11 rounds against the best boxer, so why not go one round according to the rules of MMA with us? But all things will happen after Tony.”
Mayweather is no stranger to the world of MMA having taken on Conor McGregor and defeated the Irishman in the 10th round of what was then the biggest pay-per-view match up of all time.