The UFC boss had a meeting with the boxer’s representatives on Wednesday
Dana White has revealed he held talks with Floyd Mayweather’s team on Wednesday regarding a potential fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The UFC president stated he doesn’t believe the fantasy, crossover bout will come to fruition and is yet to even speak to the organisation’s lightweight champion about it, but conceded he initially also felt the same way about Mayweather v McGregor.
“We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again then he’s gotta come fight in the UFC,” White told Get Up ESPN, insisting that this fight would have to be an MMA match.
“I don’t think it’s very realistic at all, but I didn’t think the boxing match was either and it happened, so we’ll see.”
When asked directly whether he’d had any conversations with Floyd Mayweather, the 49-year-old replied: “I actually had a meeting yesterday in Los Angeles about this and I don’t wanna make it sound like: ‘Oh wow, this could happen,’ but we had talks yesterday.
“I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I don’t think the fight would happen in the UFC, but they didn’t say no.”
White was then prodded further as to whether he would give any consideration to another boxing match for an MMA star, specifically as Mayweather has publicly declared he would want to box Nurmagomedov, who himself mentioned a two-fight deal.
Initially, the UFC president insisted this wouldn’t happen, however later thawed slightly, and admitted he would discuss it if it was something his man was particularly keen on.
“We wouldn’t. Won’t happen. When all the stuff plays out with the Nevada Commission, Khabib will defend his title in the UFC.
“There’s a reason Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys, there’s big money there for him.
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“Obviously there’s big money there for us, but I’m not into making those kind of fights.
“If Floyd wants to come over here – he says he’s been wrestling – he’s more than welcome.
“If it was something that Khabib really wanted to do, we’d have to sit down and talk about it, but I don’t like anything about it.
“I haven’t talked to Khabib about it at all.”