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Dana White doesn’t believe a Floyd Mayweather-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will happen

White says if Floyd wants to fight Khabib he’ll need to do it in the octagon.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Press Conference Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Dana White, president of the UFC, says he’s met with associates of Floyd Mayweather yesterday to discuss the potential for a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov — in what would be another spectacle of an event. That said, White doesn’t expect the fight to come to fruition.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t think the fight would happen in the UFC, but they didn’t say no.”

White has insisted that since he allowed Conor McGregor to face Mayweather in a boxing match last year, Floyd must come to the octagon this time around if wants a crack at another one of his fighters. But that’s scenario is highly, highly unlikely.

“We went over there, we boxed him,” White said. “If he wants to do it again, he has to come to the UFC. I don’t think it’s realistic at all, but I didn’t think the [McGregor] boxing match was either. So, we’ll see.”

Really, I doubt that we’ll hear many, if any, groans from fans should this prospect of a fight goes nowhere fast. It’s not a fight that anyone has really clamored for, and whatever the outcome would be, it’d be pretty meaningless in either of the respective sports. Khabib is not a boxer, and Mayweather isn’t a MMA fighter. Simple as that.

But there is potential for this to generate some big money, so of course the idea will be open for discussion. Yet if the only way for this fight to happen is inside the octagon, I think it’s safe to say it’ll be a complete non-starter in Mayweather’s eyes.

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