Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title in stunning fashion back at UFC 229. Now it would appear that “The Eagle” wants a stunning amount of money for his next octagon performance.
Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off against mixed martial arts megastar Conor McGregor within the live pay-per-view main event of UFC 229. Nurmagomedov put on a largely dominant performance, ultimately earning a submission victory over “Notorious” within the fourth round.
Still, Conor McGregor reportedly earned an estimated $50 million from the fight. Now Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager wants to see “The Eagle” equally compensated in Nurmagomedov’s next match up.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed that the Dagestan native will likely not fight anyone for less than $50 million.
“Ben Askren, Woodley, none of these guys can touch Khabib. 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. 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.”
“We’re gonna give $1M to get wells and help with schools. He’s gonna go to Africa probably end of this year, beginning of next year, and this is the most important thing. Khabib wants to touch lives.
“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.”
With no UFC fighter seemingly having the superstar status to pull in over $50 million in an octagon match up outside of Conor McGregor, it would appear that Nurmagomedov would have to take on “Notorious” in a rematch if he wants to see a $50 million payday.