Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has revealed that wealthy investors are willing to foot his astronomical wages for a rematch against Conor McGregor, but even that might not be enough to make the fight happen.
“I know some people in Saudi Arabia, they met with me, they want to pay $100 million to Khabib to fight Conor in Saudi Arabia,” Aliabdelaziz told TMZ. “They want to pay Khabib $100 million to fight Floyd in Saudi Arabia.”
Despite the enormous payday, it seems that Nurmagomedov (who Dana White recently claimed is already worth over $50 million) still doesn’t see the point in another fight with McGregor.
“I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch,” Nurmagomedov told RT Sport. “It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him. He even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is: do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson.”
“Why do I need that kind of money, there are so many organizations… There’s not only football for the blind, there’s Sambo and other sports. Let (the UFC) give it to them if they don’t know what to do with the money. But giving me $100 million to beat up that idiot again? I don’t think that’s rational.”
Despite his apparent aversion to the fight, it may still be an option for Khabib in the future, but it’s highly unlikely we’ll hear a change of tune from him until at least after the fight with Tony Ferguson has concluded.
“I have a fight on April 18. I have a very serious fight. For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape, to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight. I feel great. What will happen after a fight no one knows.”