Manager reveals MASSIVE potential paycheck for Khabib vs McGregor 2
Regardless of what one thinks of the bout in terms of legitimacy, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor 2 would undoubtedly earn both fighters a huge paycheck.
The UFC lightweight title picture is somewhat in disarray. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is stuck in Russia under lockdown. Meanwhile top contenders Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will be competing for the interim title at UFC 249 on May 9th. This also begs the question: What happens to Conor McGregor, who triumphantly returned to the UFC earlier this year?
McGregor and Nurmagomedov are bitter rivals even since their meeting at UFC 229. That event became the most successful combat sports pay-per-view of all time, and it’s no secret that UFC president Dana White would love to see a rematch. The financial implications of Khabib vs McGregor 2 are huge, and Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz shed some light on it.
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“Khabib is always going to be fair to the contenders,” Abdelaziz said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “One thing fighters should respect, and they will miss: Khabib is never going to step over a No. 1 contender for a money fight. I promise you that. If you’re the No. 1 contender, he’s going to give you a shot over a money fight. But listen, Conor makes a lot of sense financially. It’s a lot more money. As a fight, I think Khabib can make $50 million (against McGregor).
“I’m not the boss. He’s not the boss. His father is the boss, and whatever his father wants, that’s what’s going to happen. Khabib has no say so. I have no say so. His father has the say so. If his father wakes up in the morning and says, ‘Boys get it together, we’re fighting Conor,’ we’re fighting Conor.”
The lead up to UFC 229 was marred with antagonism, bad blood and even violence. Nurmagomedov controlled most of the fight, earning a fourth round submission win. He has since gone on to defend his title against Dustin Poirier, while McGregor scored a 40 second TKO win over Donald Cerrone in his last outing.