KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV could be in line to Fight Floyd Mayweather AND Conor McGregor, his manager has hinted.
Ali Abdelaziz sent fan speculation into overdrive yesterday by tweeting: "We will blow your mind big news coming @TeamKhabib."
The UFC lightweight king has been lined up for bouts with both superstars as well as a showdown with MMA legend Georges St-Pierre.
And it must be remembered he is currently banned from the sport after his and McGregor's suspensions were extended at a hearing last week.
The pair were under investigation following their shocking post-fight brawl at UFC 229.
McGregor wants a rematch after he tapped out in the fourth round of their blockbuster bout, with his eyes on regaining the lightweight crown.
But Nurmagomedov could branch out into boxing – and it appears he will have to if he wants to take on the retired Mayweather.
Khabib called out the former pound for pound king earlier this month saying he wants to put both their unbeaten records on the line.
He said: "Hey let's go, Floyd, we have to fight now. 50-0 versus 27-0, two guys that never lose."
And Mayweather responded by saying: "Oh, we fighting! I’m my own boss so I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end but on my end we can make it happen."
Abdelaziz confirmed that his man is open to the idea of their showdown being under Queensberry rules rather than in the Octagon.
Nurmagomedov, who is from the Dagestan region of Russia, recently indicated his desire to fight Mayweather at the World Cup final venue.
But he has also been told by UFC chief Dana White to fight Tony Ferguson.
That is in preference to a rematch against McGregor – who was over the weekend called out by Darren Till for an Anfield superfight.