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Amir Khan on his MMA skills: 'I can kick quite hard!'

Not only does former boxing champion Amir Khan want two fights with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, he's warned everyone about his kicking game.

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We've got Conor McGregor fighting Nate Diaz this Saturday at UFC 202, but this is a big picture world and we must continue on with boxing's Amir Khan hoping to land an MMA bout with the UFC featherweight champion. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), who is coming off a vicious KO loss to Canelo Alvarez in May, has not stopped talking about a move to MMA, and he has his sights set firmly on the heavy-handed Irishman.

As he told The Sun (the tabloid, not the big star in the sky, although the latter has more integrity and credibility), he actually wants two fights with McGregor, one in the boxing ring and the MMA cage.

"If me and Conor were going to do it, we'd do one boxing and one MMA. It would be a two-fight deal and would definitely work."

Of course, lest we forget the stretch where Conor McGregor taking on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match dominated the headlines for several weeks.

Khan is adamant that he only needs six months of MMA training to compete against the sport's #1 featherweight, which is basically only a step above the usual "six months sprawl and (athlete from stick-and-ball sport) is UFC champion" recurring joke. He is by all accounts genuinely interested in the sport, so it's not far-fetched to think he'll actually compete in MMA, even if it's (surprisingly) not against McGregor.

As the Englishman elaborated, if the money is right then he'll give MMA a go, especially given the current skillset he has right now.

"Boxing is my first priority, but big deals have been thrown at me for MMA.

"I love trying new sports out and maybe there could be something that happens in the future — if the deal is good enough, why not?

"Conor's got a big fight ahead of him against Diaz, but let's see.

"It would take me six to eight months to prepare. It would be a lot of hard training and I would focus on MMA. I can kick quite hard!"

Sure, Khan has fast hands and very good technical boxing skills, but if he can kick quite hard, then all bets are off.

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