Khabib Nurmagomedov’s much talked about meeting with Dana White about his fighting future will take place on Fight Island later this month, and his manager Ali Abdelaziz says he’ll be taking a back seat for the negotiations to allow his fighter to decide what he thinks is best.
Obviously a rematch between Khabib and Conor McGregor is still on many fans minds, and likely White’s too, but Abdelaziz doesn’t think it’s likely that the lightweight champion would agree to that, regardless of the money offered.
“(Would) beating Conor McGregor mean anything? I don’t know,” Abdelaziz told TMZ. “But I think it would mean a lot for the fans, and I think financially, it’s a huge fight. But we know Khabib. It’s hard to persuade him financially.
“But my man Dana White and Khabib, they’re going to meet. I think they’re going to meet in Abu Dhabi, and after that, Khabib’s going to come to Vegas and they’re going to go to dinner in Vegas, and we’re going to figure it out. Like I said, this is big boys’ business. I’m going to let them do what they do, and I’ll be a fan.”
Abdelaziz, who has his own bad blood with McGregor, continued to hammer home the point that there’s no real need for his fighter to give ‘The Notorious’ a rematch.
“We don’t really care about him. Somebody might say $100 million or something like that.
“I don’t think would persuade Khabib if Khabib did want to fight.
“I really don’t know. I really didn’t pressure Khabib or ask him about it too much. I let him be.”
However, one fighter Abdelaziz does think could potentially lure Khabib to return remains Georges St-Pierre.
“Honestly, I think if Georges St-Pierre is serious about coming back to fight, I could see it happening, that would get Khabib up.”