Interview by Khabib Nurmagomedov before UFC Moscow
Tell Habib whether the fight with Floyd Mayweather will take place? — At this stage of my career, I think that it would be more correct if I had a fight with Fürgenson than with Floyd. I am more focused on MMA. If Floyd comes to MMA, I would fight, but I don’t think that this is possible. Next year I don’t even think about talking or speaking in boxing.
Tell Habib you already have a contract with Tony Fürgenson? — We are negotiating, they suggested that I fight in Las Vegas in March, but I said that if Vegas officially apologizes for the incident that happened on October 6, 2018 and was fined for me, I will fight there, if not, I’ll be assigned there is no other date. The UFC plans to hold the tournament in April in New York, so I will be ready by April, or March if Vegas apologizes and returns my nearly a million dollars. These are my conditions, and we are still negotiating.
Why didn’t you react, but what did McGregor arrange here? — Is your revenge possible in the future? I see no reason to respond to this. All that I had to do, I did. And something to say to him or answer is not in our style. And about the rematch — in order to fight for the UFC belt, I had to win nine or ten fights, if he wins ten fights in a row, it is quite possible.
Why can’t you stand the Russian flag? Good question, I was waiting for this question. I represent my country in my own way, I don’t think that if you take out the flag you are a patriot, and if you do not stand, you are not a patriot. There are many things that you must do before you raise this flag — not only do you raise the flag — you have to match it.
What calms you in life? — Remembrance of the Almighty and religion, only it can reassure you and somehow balance.
There are rumors about ending a career, what do you say about this? — Of course, my career is no longer at the initial stage, so the end is already so far, well, I’ll spend a couple more fights. I am waiting for my brother Islam to rise — I need to pass the baton to him. Anyone who wouldn’t like to give the belt, so I would like for us to have a generational change in the UFC — if I leave, Islam should come, then the guys from the audience, etc., this would be a historic event.
What do you plan to do after your career ends? — I think it would be wrong to say — after the completion of a career. I have already begun to implement some plans and projects that I will deal with after my career. Of course, while I do not have enough time for everything, I am already in business. So I won’t get lost.
Would you like to move to another weight category and pick up another belt? — Of course I would like all the belts to be with me, but I need to look at things realistically and I don’t think that I could be champions in two weight categories. It’s one thing to win, but then the belts need to be protected later. I am focused on the category of 70 kilograms and do not want to chase two. I feel comfortable where I am.