Khabib Nurmagomedov marked the 2017 crossover fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather “false.”
The professional boxing The fight was McGregor’s first and only experience inside the ropes. For Mayweather, however, it was his 50th professional fight and it was the one that earned him his perfect 50-0 record.
The fight lasted much longer than expected, with the cfu man holding his own, but eventually the fight was stopped in the 10and tower. For both fighters, it was their last professional boxing fight to date.
Khabib said the crossover fight was a “historic event”, but didn’t think it justified being a professional boxing bout.
“Not many people care about this fight,” the retired UFC fighter told the Full podcast upload.
“It was a historic event because of an MMA champion against a boxing champion, but a lot of people don’t remember what happened in the fight.
“It was like a practice fight for me, it wasn’t a real fight because this guy (McGregor) is not a real boxer. For me, it was more like a fake fight.
It is common knowledge that there is no love lost between Khabib and McGregor after they had a fierce rivalry when they faced off inside the Octagon. In their 2018 fight, the Russians defeated “The Notorious” via fourth-round submission.
After the fight, a mass brawl ensued between the two fighters’ teams, which started when Khabib jumped over the cage and into the crowd. “The Eagle” was fined $500,000 and banned from the UFC for nine months.
In his interview, Khabib went on to compare McGregor and Mayweather’s fight to his and McGregor’s.
“That’s just my opinion. Maybe, maybe not…So what was between us was real. Everything that happened before the fight, inside the fight , after the fight.
The two fighters never got a rematch despite McGregor pushing hard for it. Khabib, however, retired at the end of 2020 after defeating Justin Gaethje.