Khabib Wants $50 Million For Next Fight
Playing a similar tune to Nate Diaz, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wants a serious payday if he ever steps into the Octagon again.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz claims that the cost for his fighter’s services have significantly increased and they need big money and a big opponent to come back.
“Ben Askren, Woodley, none of these guys can touch Khabib,” Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports this week. “Especially if they’re scared to get tired and these guys, they get tired. Now, I’m not even worried about Tyron or Ben Askren, I’m worrying about somebody bringing $50M to $100M to the table and none of these guys can bring $200,000 to the table.”
“Listen, the guy we just fought said he made $50M,” Abdelaziz said of Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 opponent Conor McGregor. “I think, as a global superstar, Khabib bypass him. You have a guy meeting with Putin and Erdoğan and the other guy selling liquor on the corner store. It’s not even in the f**king same planet. Good for him. Whatever. It’s none of our business, he do what he does. We try to go to Africa, we try to do different things. It’s not even close.
“At the end of the day, maybe a whole bunch of money gets on the table, maybe the rematch. I don’t know. Maybe we’ll give a rematch to the guy we just killed. . . Whatever’s gonna bring Khabib money. This is now my job. It’s not Khabib’s job. Khabib created legacy, 11 years, 27 fights. Right now, money talks, bulls**t walks. That’s it.”
“Khabib can retire now. He’s rich. . . But if somebody’s gonna put big paycheck on the table and we can get it done, I don’t care about number one contender, number ten contender. Khabib was number one contender for five years! Conor jumped him, Eddie jumped him, a lot of people jumped him. Right now, it’s about the paycheck.”
Initial Report: TMZ