UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov says going 30-0 would be the Floyd Mayweather record of MMA ahead of Justin Gaethje fight
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has revealed his goal is to become the Floyd Mayweather of MMA before retiring from UFC.
Boxing legend Mayweather retired from the ring with a stunning 50-0 record after beating Conor McGregor in August 2017.
Nurmagomedov, who also defeated Notorious in October 2018 via submission, currently stands at 28-0 in the octagon.
He will be looking to stretch that to 29 when he defends his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 this Saturday.
And he also has his sights set on a dream fight against Georges St-Pierre next year before potentially calling it a day.
But before retiring, Nurmagomedov has outlined his goal to be MMA’s greatest ever.
Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, the Dagestani said: “30-0 is going to be great. It’s looking good, it sounds good. 30-0, okay.
“It’s going to be a great record, this is like Mayweather in MMA.
“We’ll see, I’m very close to it.”
He continued: “Okay, I finish Justin Gaethje, I finish one more guy, I dominate him — I think my name is going to be always in history.
“I think already my name is going to be in history because two years ago what happened [vs. McGregor] is never going to be forgotten.
“Even after 50 years, people are going to watch this fight and be impressed.
“This is like when Muhammad Ali fought [Joe] Frazier in Manila. People never forget this fight.”
Nurmagomedov added: “I’m already in history but I need legacy.
“For legacy, Justin Gaethje is a great opponent right now.”
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