Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242. Not only is it another title fight, but the champion got a new contract that reportedly makes him the highest paid fighter.
Ultimately, Nurmagomedov is quite happy with the deal.
“Frankly speaking, I would not like to disclose the terms of the contract,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said on his YouTube channel. “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.”
Not only is he happy, but Khabib Nurmagomedov says it was a very easy negotiation where he and his team got everything they wanted. Which includes a Georges St-Pierre clause that could mean a potential fight is already agreed to.
“They were complicated of course,” Nurmagomedov said. “Ali said they were light. I’ve 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.”
In the end, Nurmagomedov is set to fight the first fight on his new deal in Abu Dhabi on September 7 at UFC 242.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime