While Conor McGregor has revealed that they are ‘very close’ to reaching a deal for his highly anticipated clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Eagle, this time, laid out the conditions before he agrees on the said fight.
The reigning UFC lightweight kingpin demands a bigger paycheck should the promotion grant McGregor the title shot. If not, then he would prefer to lock horns with Dustin Poirier, who he believes is deserving to be his challenger.
Speaking to TMZ yesterday, the Russian slugger said he does not want to be short-changed on any fight that will feature him against the Irish star.
Khabib took pride in his feat as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion. For this, he demands a new contract or special terms with the UFC before agreeing to fight the Notorious.
The showdown between McGregor and Nurmagomedov is expected to become one of the biggest fights in the UFC history, which could draw millions of pay-per-view revenue.
To this, Khabib said:
“If they want to use me, I’m the undefeated, undisputed UFC lightweight champion. If they want to use me and make a lot of millions using my name, no way. They want a money fight? Please pay me.”
Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has claimed that they would pursue the fight if his talent earns more than what Nate Diaz received on his match against McGregor. He also said that he would be happy if Khabib takes home $10 million from the fight.
The 29-year old fighter stressed that he would not allow Conor to make more money using his name. After all, he believes that McGregor is not deserving of the title shot.
“I don’t need him. He needs me. His last four fights, he’s like 2-2, He don’t fight (in the UFC for) two years, he don’t deserve this type of shot. Dustin Poirier is on the line; he deserves this.”
“If they want to make money fight, they have to pay me too. I’m not going to give him a chance to use my name, and Conor makes money, UFC makes money, and I make, like, $200,000. If I fight (under) my current contract, I can fight. Okay, give me Poirier.”
Watch the full interview in the video below: