Former pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the post-fight melee between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former-Mayweather opponent Conor McGregor.
Mayweather, who captured World titles in five different weight divisions during a pristine 50-0 professional career, was last seen in action in September 2017 when facing off against Irish superstar McGregor in a heavily-hyped ‘boxing vs MMA’ prize-fight in Las Vegas.
McGregor’s return to the octagon this past weekend was his first bout since losing via tenth-round stoppage to Mayweather – however, the two-weight UFC champion’s return was an unsuccessful one, after he was mauled and pummelled into submission by grappling phenom Nurmagomedov.
Despite admitting he was none-too-familiar with the undefeated Russian, Mayweather spoke out against the post-fight brawl that erupted following Nurmagomedov’s fourth round stoppage.
In an interview with ITP Live, Mayweather stated:
â€śIâ€™m not too familiar with the guy [Conor] McGregor was fighting, but I know the guy he was facing was undefeated.â€ť
â€śMcGregor is a tough competitor but McGregorâ€™s opponent jumped out of the ring and was fighting people in the crowd so [that was] very unprofessional.”
After submitting McGregor in the fourth round, Nurmagomedov leapt over the octagon and attacked members of McGregor’s team – namely his jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis – before other members of his own team invaded the cage to attack McGregor himself.
Mayweather, who courted controversy throughout his nineteen year professional carer, referenced his bout with fellow-American Zab Judah in April 2006 when asked what he felt the punishment would be for Khabib.
The bout with Judah was blighted by a series of fouls from the New Yorker, including a vicious low blow that saw Mayweather’s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather enter the ring and attempt to choke Judah. The actions sparked a mass brawl in the ring and the fight was delayed for several minutes – with Roger arrested and slapped with a ban from the sport and, in Floyd’s words “a huge, seven figure fine”.
â€śItâ€™s going to be a huge fine Iâ€™m pretty sure because with my fight against Zab Judah, there was a crazy melee in the ring and a huge penalty – a huge fine. If Iâ€™m not mistaken, seven figures.” said Mayweather.
â€śNot to me, but could have been to Zab Judah or my uncle Roger or even Leonard Ellerbe, so I know when a guyâ€™s jumping out of the cage into the audience and fighting different people, the fine is going to be crazy.â€ť
With the fallout from UFC 229 still unfolding, it remains to be seen whether Nurmagomedov – or indeed McGregor – will face punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Nurmagomedov’s $2m purse has reportedly been withheld, but it is not yet known if he will be stripped of his title or given a ban from competition.