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Khabib Nurmagomedov Not Keen On Rematch With Conor McGregor, Despite $100 Million Offer

February 5, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he’s not interested in a fight with Conor McGregor, even with the Saudi government apparently being willing to pay $100 million for it. Nurmagomedov and his manager Ali Abdelaziz spoke during a press conference in Dagestan per RT Sports and discussed how there’s an offer for that hefty amount for Nurmagomedov to face either McGregor or Floyd Mayweather. Highlights from their comments (h/t to MMA Weekly) are below:

Abdelaziz on Saudia Arabia offering big money for Nurmagmedov to fight there: “I know some people in Saudi Arabia, they met with me, they want to pay $100 million to Khabib to fight Conor in Saudi Arabia. They want to pay Khabib $100 million to fight Floyd in Saudi Arabia.”

Nurmagomedov on staying focused on his current fight first: “I have a fight on April 18. I have a very serious fight. For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape, to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight. I feel great. What will happen after a fight no one knows.”

Nurmagomedov on a possible rematch with McGregor: “I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him. He even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is: do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson.”

Nurmagomedov on not being interested in the money: “Why do I need that kind of money, there are so many organizations… There’s not only football for the blind, there’s Sambo and other sports. Let (the UFC) give it to them if they don’t know what to do with the money. But giving me $100 million to beat up that idiot again? I don’t think that’s rational.”