A lot of factors went into Khabib Nurmagomedov's fantastic UFC 229 win over Conor McGregor and according to John Kavanagh, ring-rust was one of the ones that he perhaps underestimated to a certain extent.
Nurmagomedov's challenge came in a video posted on Instagram by Mayweather's promoter Leonard Ellerbe who indicated he ran into the UFC fighter at a fight card in Russian Federation. He could not drop McGregor, but I dropped him easily.
Khabib is right - he did drop McGregor with a right hand during their fight at UFC 229, which is something Mayweather didn't do in his fight with McGregor (but definitely could have if he took the fight 100 percent seriously).
Nurmagomedov (27-0) could be in danger of losing his lightweight title after beating McGregor (21-4). And he has every right to go after the most money he can make. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is now withholding the Russian's purse after he jumped out the ring to attack his rival's team following the fight.
But it seems that Nurmagomedov now wants a piece of the action, too.More news: PS4 owners: set your messages to private to avoid malicious system crash
The fight was McGregor's first UFC bout since the Irishman lost to former five-weight world champion Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 50 fights.
Khabib was dominant inside the Octagon, but has since made a shocking revelation about the affect the fight had on his health. "Get the strap", 50 cent wrote.
"I had weight loss and I felt very bad". Subscribe to my podcast In This Corner with Brian Campbell where I break down everything you need to know in the Octagon.
"However after the weigh-in everything was good".
"I am ready to fight".
"McGregor is a competitor but from what I heard the other jumped out and fought with members of the public". We have defended our honour and this is the most important thing.