The MMA world was relieved when the UFC finally announced the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov, who would defend his title against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
Recently speaking via his personal YouTube account, Khabib spoke about his recent negotiations with the UFC. Stating he got a great deal and mostly what he wanted. The deal is rumoured to make the Dagestani star the highest paid athlete within the promotion.
You can see the full video below:
”Frankly speaking, I would not like to disclose the terms of the contract,” Khabib said. ”They are very good and most importantly, the brothers were extended, one was signed, the deadline was removed, we made some concessions, they went to some and came to some common denominator that is beneficial to all.”
”If I say it is one of the best, it will somehow be wrong. I guess you can put it in the top three, some of the best conditions, contracts and agreements that have ever been concluded with the UFC.”
With the particulars being kept to a minimum, its hard to speculate exactly what Khabib’s contract entails. One rumour circling the community is that a potential superfight with Georges St. pierre has been included, however nothing official has yet been reported. Continuing on, the lightweight champion spoke on how negotiations weren’t the easiest, but hes happy he got what he has:
”They were complicated of course. Ali said they were light. I have not experienced such difficulties because I knew that here it is, one, two, three, four, five. I specified for them such conditions [and] I told them without these five conditions, I will not agree because I think that they were absolutely deserved not only by me but also by our team, the whole team, with what happened in the last battle, before and after the battle, and directly during the battle. I think that we deserved conditions, contracts, so let’s say all that we have.” <Transcript via MMA Fighting>
With the business side of work done, its safe to say Khabib Nurmagomedov will be solely focused on defending his title in Abu Dhabi.
Do you think the undefeated Dagestani can keep his streak alive? And what about the GSP rumours? Let us know in the comments below!