Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz spoke in an interview with MMAFighting on monday in relation to what Nurmagomedov wants financially from the McGregor fight.
“We will get a deal done,” “Trust me. My relationship with Dana, Hunter, Sean, Mick. I have a different relationship. I’m not gonna overplay my hand and they need to be fair. There’s no way in hell Nate Diaz can make more money than Khabib. There’s no way in hell. [Nurmagomedov is the] undefeated, undisputed lightweight champion of he world. That’s it.”
“I’m not a greedy guy,” “Go ahead and make $100 million. If Khabib can make $10 million, I’m happy. At the end of the day, it’s not just somebody I manage. It’s my little brother, too. It’s not, ‘I’m gonna fight for him, I’m gonna get you this deal.’ It’s what he deserves. I don’t want anything extra than what he deserves. That’s it. I believe he’s one of the biggest stars in the UFC today.”
However if Abdelaziz can’t successfully negotiate a fair contract for his client he admits there are other options out there for Khabib.
“If Conor starts playing games, we’re fighting Poirier,” Abdelaziz said. “Poirier will get the shot. I think he deserves it before Conor. But Conor wants to come, you’ve gotta bring your check book with you. Because he doesn’t deserve it. Poirier deserves it. “
It would be hard to argue against Poirier getting the shot after stopping Eddie Alvarez this past weekend and winning four of his last five with one no contest. However the deal for the McGregor fight should be done soon.