Khabib Wants More Than $2 Million For Conor Fight
With Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov setting on a collision course for a fight later this year, the UFC lightweight champion’s manager Ali Abdelaziz claims his client will not take anything lower than what Nate Diaz made to fight the Irishman at UFC 202.
Diaz would take home $2 Million and PPV revenue to fight McGregor in 2016, and Abdelaziz claims that the deal for a fight with the former champion will happen.
“We will get a deal done,” Abdelaziz said at a UFC 227 media lunch for his client Cody Garbrandt. “Trust me. My relationship with Dana, Hunter, Sean, Mick. I have a different relationship. I’m not gonna overplay my hand and they need to be fair. There’s no way in hell Nate Diaz can make more money than Khabib. There’s no way in hell. [Nurmagomedov is the] undefeated, undisputed lightweight champion of he world. That’s it.”
Abdelaziz said, though, that if the right price is not there for Nurmagomedov, he has no qualms about a fight with Dustin Poirier. Poirier, coming off a second-round TKO win over Eddie Alvarez, has lined himself up to be a top contender.
“If Conor starts playing games, we’re fighting Poirier,” Abdelaziz said. “Poirier will get the shot. I think he deserves it before Conor. But Conor wants to come, you’ve gotta bring your check book with you. Because he doesn’t deserve it. Poirier deserves it. “
“If you want to make this fight happen, it’s about money,” Abdelaziz said. “It’s not about who’s the champion, the rankings — none of this stuff. It’s about money. Khabib wants to kick his ass, I want to see it, but at the end of the day, if Conor fights it’s business.”
“I’m not a greedy guy… Go ahead and make $100 million. If Khabib can make $10 million, I’m happy. At the end of the day, it’s not just somebody I manage. It’s my little brother, too. It’s not, ‘I’m gonna fight for him, I’m gonna get you this deal.’ It’s what he deserves. I don’t want anything extra than what he deserves. That’s it. I believe he’s one of the biggest stars in the UFC today.”