Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has claimed that his son has turned down the biggest payday of his career and a rematch with Conor McGregor.
It’s hard to know exactly how much of pay-per-view draw Khabib will be without the promotional powerhouse that is McGregor alongside him but from the looks of things, he has become a global superstar in his own right.
The memorable buildup to October’s UFC 229 has burned the Russian directly into the world’s collective memory and while the performance that saw him dominate the former-champion that night was phenomenal, the post-fight skirmish that followed will immortalise Nurmagomedov forever.
And although the scenes were ugly, to say the least, it did a fine job at whetting the public’s appetite for a second offering between both men and while we’re sure that there will be at least one more bout for each before that happens, it does seem inevitable that Khabib vs. McGregor II will happen before long.
Speaking to Sport 24’s Yaroslav Stepanov, Adbulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father to Khabib, spoke about an offer that the UFC made to his son to tie him down for another bout against the Irishman.
“They offered $15 million (£11.8 million) to rematch with Conor. But we want $30 million, guys. $30 million!”
“There are guys who deserve and wait for Khabib. We must respect them as fighters. This point should also be taken into account. Both the Dustin Poirier and [Tony] Ferguson. Ferguson, I think it deserves it.
“Khabib has three to four battles left. I think that’s enough. How it goes, the Almighty alone knows, but the plans are as follows. I always had this dream – one fight (in Russia). Wherever, whenever, whoever.
“For the UFC to give us that. And I will be fighting for that right. We’ve spent almost an eternity (in the sport). With injuries, and without them, thinking of retiring, thinking of staying, thinking of the health. We came back, we proved our point, we won it. That is it. There is no motivation left. We won the belt, defended it.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena