Nate Diaz went home with a solid $2 million for his super fight against Conor McGregor back at UFC 202. That number comes before any share of the pay-per-view purchases the Stockton native may have earned.
With that in mind, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is seemingly looking to at least match Diaz’s payday if he is take on the former UFC two-division champion. Speaking at the recent UFC 227 media lunch, Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz offered a few words on negotiations.
“We will get a deal done. 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.”
“If Conor starts playing games, we’re fighting Poirier. 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.”