Dana White appears to have his heart set on a rematch between current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor next, but it looks like it might not be that easy to get both parties to sign on the dotted line.
Khabib has previously indicated that he doesn’t believe McGregor is anywhere near having proven himself worthy of getting another lightweight title shot, and now his father Adulmanap Nurmagomedov has made it clear they want an astronomical amount of money in order to agree to the match-up.
“We also need revenge against Conor,” Abdulmanap told RIA Novosti. “But give us $100 million. The day after the fight against Ferguson, give us that amount and then why not get revenge? I don’t know, maybe Dana White wants to arrange it (for that amount), he needs that fight.”
That might seem a ludicrous amount, but it’s worth pointing out that not only was Dana White talking up the fight as potentially being the biggest of all-time during the UFC 246 post-fight press conference on Saturday night, but he also went on to reveal that Nurmagomedov has already amassed a jaw-dropping fortune.
“Everybody talks about how rich Conor is,” White told reporters. “Khabib is rich. Khabib has that type of money. Khabib has that type of money. When I say that type of money, I mean over $50 million.”
It’s worth mentioning that on Saturday night White seemed more adamant than McGregor about this being the fight to make, with ‘The Notorious’ appearing to be more open to considering some of the other options available to him, which include the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman.
In fact, McGregor has also rekindled interest in a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, who had branded his rival’s 40 second win over Donald Cerrone as “Fake!” and “Weak!”
“Let’s go Nathan,” McGregor has since responded. “Let’s go brudda. Number three… it’s always here!”
Given that McGregor has made it clear he wants to be active this year and fight multiple times, and came out of his fight with Cerrone completely unscathed in under a minute, he may well now be eager to get another bout under his belt while he waits for the outcome of Nurmagomedov’s fight with Tony Ferguson in April.