Top ranked lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov may currently be gearing up for his UFC 209 interim lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson, however the streaking Dagestani fighter is already prepared to make the UFC an offer on quite the interesting deal.
“I think if Conor has one fan, I have 20 times more fans than him,” said Nurmagomedov. “I think UFC has to make plans a little bit, because this chicken is not loyal. If you remember, the first time he fought in the UFC, and he talked like, ‘$50K baby,’ something like this. He asked Dana please give me $50K. The UFC made him. If he had never fought in the UFC, how would he have got like this?
“Now he’s talking about I can fight without the UFC in boxing, you know. For me, this is disrespectful of the UFC.”
“I wanted to say to the UFC, I can help these guys,” said Nurmagomedov. “We can make the other guy humble, because we remember how he asked for $50,000. Now he talking about he can make this [Mayweather] fight without the UFC. I don’t worry about my PR, because in Dagestan and Russia, I’m a bit worried about how I become popular because before I never feel this pressure. And that’s why I don’t think about this.
“But why not, we can make this guy humble. Smash this guy if the UFC wants.”
Of course, with that being said, Nurmagomedov has to get past Tony Ferguson before potentially making good on his deal of making Conor McGregor humble. Should he emerge from his upcoming scrap with Tony Ferguson victorious, he will secure himself a lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor when McGregor chooses to return to the Octagon following the upcoming birth of his son.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/11/2017.