For Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, there is one fighter who is deserving to square off with the Eagle for the UFC lightweight belt. And that is not Conor McGregor.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Ali Abdelaziz talked about the next fight for Khabib and the fighter deserving of a title shot should the Notorious acts like a tough pickle in the negotiation.Abdelaziz believes Poirier deserves to face Khabib for the lightweight belt. (Photo: Bloody Elbow)
Back up Plan
If both camps failed to reach a deal for the highly-anticipated Khabib-Conor showdown, Khabib’s camp would not hesitate to give the title shot to Dustin Poirier, who recently dismantled Eddie Alvarez in their rematch at UFC on Fox 30.
“If Conor starts playing games, we’re fighting Poirier. Poirier will get the shot. I think he deserves it before Conor. But Conor wants to come, you’ve gotta bring your chequebook with you. Because he doesn’t deserve it. Poirier deserves it.”
Meanwhile, Poirier has expressed his interest to tussle with the Eagle in the Octagon. Moments after knocking out Eddie Alvarez, the Diamond called for a title shot against the reigning lightweight king.
“Just look at my track record. Eddie Alvarez, former champ. Anthony Pettis, former champ. Justin Gaethje, former [WSOF] champ. That’s four champions in a row. What else do I got to do?”McGregor accepted the proposed fight against Khabib set this October. (Photo: Sports Joe)
One Big Condition
But if the UFC wants to turn the Khabib-Conor fight, Abdelaziz said that the Eagle should be paid more than what Nate Diaz earned in his bout against McGregor.
Diaz and McGregor locked horn at the UFC 202, where the former earned $2 million. With this, Khabib’s manager stressed that his talent should get paid more than the Stockton assailant.
“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 the world. That’s it.”Abdelaziz would be happy if Khabib takes home $10 million in McGregor fight. (Photo: MMA Insight)
The potential fight between the McGregor and Nurmagomedov is expected to become the biggest in UFC history. Abdelaziz, meanwhile, sees no problem if the challenger takes home bigger pay than the champion.
“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.”