Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed negotiations for a super-fight with Floyd Mayweather broke down because he did not want to break his contract with UFC.
Mayweather retired from boxing in 2017 after beating Conor McGregor in a crossover bout but in November 2019 the American teased that he would be ‘coming out of retirement in 2020.
Khabib originally called out the 43-year-old for a showdown fight in 2018 after beating Conor McGregor at UFC 229, but the Russian threw down the gauntlet again at the start of this year.
However, the 31-year-old was told he would be breaking the terms of his UFC deal if he was to box Mayweather and opted not to go against his employers.
‘They told me: “Yes, you’ll be scolded, fined. But we’ll take care of all the fines.”
‘I told them that, for me, a contract is more important than money and we can’t have an agreement with UFC if we’re willing to break it.
‘I’m not aware of the UFC’s own position on the Mayweather fight.’
Khabib has previously claimed the undefeated Mayweather would not be able to knock him out and proposed a fight consisting of 11 rounds of boxing and one round of MMA.
The fighter’s manager Ali Abdelaziz claimed in March that the UFC star had been offered a huge $100million dollars to fight Mayweather in Suadi Arabia.
Mayweather’s comeback has not been officially confirmed but UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the boxer wanted to step back into the ring.
He said: ‘Floyd wants to fight.
‘He wants to fight. We’re going to probably … listen, I’m dealing with all the (expletive) that’s going on with 2020 right now.
‘Floyd and I want to work together. We want to do something. We’re going to do something.’