Khabib Nurmagomedov extends olive branch to Conor McGregor, targets Floyd Mayweather

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor
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Speaking at a press conference in Moscow on Monday, undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced a three-year contract with Gorilla Energy Drinks.

The champion also addressed some of his fiercest rivals in the combat sports world — most notably Conor McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor fought in early October, in the main event of UFC 229. Ahead of this fight, the pair swapped endless trash talk, and shortly after Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission, their teams engaged in a wild, post-fight brawl.

Despite all of this chaos, Khabib Nurmagomedov says it’s possible that he and Conor McGregor could reconcile in the future.

“Everything is possible. Just as McGregor and I feuded, so we could reconcile,” Nurmagomedov said through his translator (transcript via TheScore).

Khabib Nurmagomedov also discussed a potential fight with his long-time rival Tony Ferguson. While UFC President Dana White has suggested Ferguson is likely next man in line for the Nurmagomedov, the lightweight champion claims he’d prefer to battle Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring, as this bout would mean more for his legacy — and his bank account.

“For legacy and in the sense of the money aspect, and in a sporting sense, I think the Mayweather fight is much more interesting,” Nurmagomedov said, adding that there’s not much sense in discussing his next fight until he’s sorted out his situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “The athletics commission needs to finish up first and then we’ll talk.”

Do you think we’ll ever see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor bury the hatchet?