Khabib Nurmagomedov rules out Las Vegas as venue for Floyd Mayweather fight due to unpaid money as Daniel Cormier warns UFC star he will be ‘badly beaten’

Mayweather responded to the call out of the UFC lightweight champion by indicating an interest in a scrap, telling his backers to put their hand in their pockets.

The "retired" boxer has fought at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 13 times, a place he refers to as "home" ever since he faced Carlos Manuel Baldomir back in November 2006.

Posting on Twitter, Mayweather wrote: "CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook out!.

“Go to @leonardellerbe ‘s page to view Khabib Nurmagomedov challenging me.”

But Khabib, after having his $2 million fight purse withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post fight brawl against Conor McGregor, said he won't fight in Vegas.

The Russian wrote on Instagram: “@floydmayweather But no Vegas, they won’t pay my money."

Nurmagomedov called out Mayweather on Saturday night saying: “in the jungle there can only be one king” after his stoppage win against McGregor at UFC 229.

Standing with Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Khabib said: “Hey let’s go Floyd, we have to fight now.

“50 and 0 verses 27 and 0, two guys that never lost. Let’s go, why not."


Mayweather beat McGregor in the tenth round of their boxing clash last year, with the referee stepping in to call off the bout with the Irishman still on his feet.

Khabib, who dropped McGregor with a huge right hand in the second round in the octagon, believes he is the king as Mayweather never managed to knock the Irishman down.

He added: “Of course I am the king. Because he [Mayweather] can not drop McGregor but I drop him easily.”

Mayweather’s right hand man Ellerbe then turned to Khabib and said: “You’ll get some of that work baby.”

Mayweather has flirted with the idea of yet another comeback recently when he said last month whilst in Tokyo Japan that he will return once again but to take on his old rival Manny Pacquiao.

But seemingly another boxing fight against a UFC champ might be his next port of call.

And it is one he would "easily win" according to two-weight UFC world champ Daniel Cormier.

Cormier who is regarded as the best UFC fighter in the world, said that Khabib will get "beat so bad" that if he fights Mayweather.


Speaking to UFC writer Ariel Helwani, Cormier said: “Khabib better not try to box him. Khabib better not try to box Mayweather. What is he doing, man.

“Unless he’s just going to go do it for money, because he is going to get beat. I love Khabib man but he is going to get beat up by Mayweather.

"He’s crazy. He is going to start wrestling. Khabib is going to start wrestling in the boxing ring. He’s going to get beat so bad he is going to start wrestling.”

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