Khabib Wants $30 Million For Conor Rematch
Heading into 2019, Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking to set terms for a rematch against Conor McGregor.
Speaking with Sport 24, Nurmagomedov’s father and coach, Abdulmanap, claimed that the UFC made a $15 million offer to face Conor McGregor, but Abdulmanap sees a bigger figure for one of his son’s final fights.
“As an active fighter, defending his UFC belt, Khabib has 3-4 fights left,” Nurmagomedov said of his son’s current standing inside the Octagon.
“I always had this dream – one fight (in Russia). Wherever, whenever, whoever. For the UFC to give us that. And I will be fighting for that right. We’ve spent almost an eternity (in the sport). With injuries, and without them, thinking of retiring, thinking of staying, thinking of the health. We came back, we proved our point, we won it. That is it. There is no motivation left. We won the belt, defended it.”
“It’s like not like we had two or three fights, like (Eddie) Alvarez. We conducted 11 fights, and won all 11 of them. Many people were talking about the (Al) Iaquinta fight, that he was (ranked) number 11, that he was weak, and all that. We destroyed all (these talks) in McGregor fight. Fair and square.
“They offered us 15 million for a rematch with McGregor,” the elder Nurmagomedov claimed. “But why? 30, guys, 30.
“There are some other guys who deserve it and are waiting for Khabib. We should respect them as fighters. We should consider that as well – Poirier, Ferguson. Ferguson, I think fully deserves it. He’s number one sports-wise,” continued Nurmagomedov Sr.
“But if we want to attract the fans, make some money, hype it up, increase the following. It could be Diaz. The opportunity is there, we’ve got time to choose. Our task is to get prepared, perform and win. The promotion’s task is to prepare a new contract, which should consider our interests: one fight, wherever, whenever, whoever. We are making a choice and calling it a deal. If in Moscow — then in Moscow. In Sochi — then in Sochi. In St. Petersburg — then in St. Petersburg. In Ekaterinburg — sure.”
Initial Report: RT