According to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s uncle the star isn’t interested in a rematch with Conor McGregor next and instead wants to fight Tony Ferguson before retiring from the sport.
“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees [To rematch McGregor],” Alex Nurmagomedov told Sport Express. “But Khabib said no. Let Conor stand in line, let him fight with others. Khabib wants to fight Ferguson, and then finish his career.”
However Nurmagomedov says that it remains to be seen if his nephew will remain in the UFC, with other major organizations being eager to get their hands on the undefeated star.
“We planned (a Ferguson fight), but it can pass only if Khabib remains in the UFC. Many organizations with large prize funds offered him to sign a contract: Bellator, Akhmat, Fight Night. If Khabib remains in the UFC, then in April or May there will be a battle with Ferguson.
“For $2 million (from Bellator), Khabib will not fight. Now he is ready to go into battle for no less than $5 million. In Bellator we were told to name our amount and they are ready to sign a contract. If Khabib leaves UFC, another eight people can leave with him. I can not list them all, but they are powerful, good fighters. I will not yet call their names. The UFC asked Khabib not to hurry, because they have not yet made a final decision.”
However, first Nurmagomedov will have to wait to see what kind of punishment he’s handed down for jumping out of the Octagon and brawling with McGregor’s BJJ coach Dillon Danis following his win over McGregor at UFC 229.