Greatest Lightweight Fighter of All Time
UFC’s undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes there is one fighter left for him to defeat before he can be cemented as the greatest lightweight mixed martial artist of all time.
Several fighters are calling out to fight the Russian pride including former two-division champion Conor McGregor whom he just tapped out at the fourth-round of their UFC 229 match.
However, Khabib’s Ukraine-based uncle Alex Nurmagomedov said his nephew already has his plans laid out, and McGregor is not on it. On an interview with Sports Express, Nurmagomedov said Khabib rejected UFC’s $15 million dollar offer to rematch “The Notorious.”
On a translated version of the statement he said:
“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees. But Khabib said no. Let Conor stand in line, let him fight with others. Khabib wants to fight Ferguson, and then finish his career.”
“There Will Be a Battle With Ferguson”
Aside from this, the champ’s uncle revealed, “The Eagle” wants to finish his business with Tony Ferguson next spring. Continuing, Nurmagomedov said:
“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.”
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I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers
Despite this fury, White confirmed that he and Khabib are on good terms and the Eagle will stay with the promotion. The Ukraine-based uncle also touched on how things will work for Khabib and the UFC once he accepts other offers.
“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.”