Ali Abdelaziz: Khabib will ‘100 percent’ not fight Tony Ferguson next

Dana White

Dana White

Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager has spoken, and Tony Ferguson will apparently not be the next challenger to the Dagestani's throne.

And McGregor is now taking shots at former foe Floyd Mayweather, who stopped the Irishman in the 10th round of his boxing debut in 2017, possibly in the hope of setting up a lucrative rematch with the 50-0 great.

A few months, he was hinting at the idea of facing Khabib. "I can't say that". He's very much begging for the fight. I told him in a text message he's 57 years old, his body's weak, he's fragile, got a small head.

"Obviously guys are going to have to win. People think I'm insane but I think Khabib would beat his ass", Abdelaziz told TMZ. "Khabib is no quitter".

But White is not going to allow another of his stars to face Mayweather in a boxing match.

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Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe responded by telling McGregor he'd be unwise to look for a rematch with Mayweather (something plenty of fight fans would agree with in fairness). He really thinks Khabib is easy money but Khabib is much younger, much stronger, more tougher than Conor and Conor went to the eleventh round with him, you know? We went over there, it's his turn to come over here.

In the fight directly before that one at UFC 229, however, Ferguson got back to showing why he was as highly touted as he is by stopping Anthony Pettis before the third round in an action-packed affair.

McGregor and Ellerbe are well known to each other from the worldwide promotional tour ahead of his fight with Mayweather and the Notorious wasted no team in firing back.

"Yes [I discussed a UFC deal with Mayweather], and then he ended up with all that Japan weirdness".

"So [we want] the biggest money fight he can make". At the end of the day, it will be the exact same situation.

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