10 Jun - 
Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov outlines recent contract negotiations with the UFC, future plans

Last week, Khabib Nurmagomedov signed a lucrative new multi-fight deal with the UFC. How lucrative? His manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, said that the new deal made Nurmagomedov “the highest-paid athlete in the UFC.” Now whether that’s entirely true or not is uncertain, but what does appear to be true is that Nurmagomedov is very happy with his new deal.

Speaking recently on his own YouTube channel, Khabib discussed his recent contract negotiations, saying he got a great deal, and most of what he wanted.

“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.”

One of the big sticking points for Nurmagomedov in his contract negotiations was the treatment of his teammates. Both Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were give one-year suspensions for their roles in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, and Khabib was adamant that he would not defend his belt until both men were allowed to compete again. Subsequently, Nurmagomedov’s teammates were given shorten suspensions after arguing their case for equitable treatment to the Nevada Athletic Commission. There were also, reportedly, some terms in the contract for if Nurmagomedov would ever fight Georges St-Pierre. All in all, Khabib says it was not the easiest negotiation but he knew what he deserved, and it all got done.

“They were complicated of course,” said Khabib. “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.”

With all his conditions met and the contract taken care, that cleared the way for the UFC to finally officially announce Nurmagomedov’s next title defense, a bout with interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi. Nurmagomedov revealed that he has already begun his training camp for the fight and plans to continue carving out his legacy when he unifies the titles.

“About a month in the mountains, then two months in AKA, and about 15 days in Abu Dhabi to acclimate,” Khabib said. “94 days, I think that is enough to bring myself in optimal shape.

“We have not finished yet what was on Oct. 6. We still have a lot of fights, so we plan to write more history and show that we are here. Being high in the mountains, we can reach certain heights and successes.”

UFC 242 takes place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai on September 7th.


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Henry Cejudo won a second title and Valentina Shevchenko defend hers at UFC 238.

Champ-champ. Dana White ‘blown away,’ vows to never doubt Henry Cejudo again after UFC 238.

El Cucuy. Tony Ferguson: Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘needs an ass whooping’, open to Conor McGregor fight.

Cold. Valentina Shevchenko on frightening finish of Jessica Eye: ‘If you are not doing this kind of KO, you will get this kind of KO’.

Good call. Dana White says B.J. Penn won’t get another UFC fight: ‘I can’t do it again’.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 238 Post Fight Show.

Press conference highlights.

The history of Olympians in the UFC.

After the win with Cejudo.

Forrest Griffin’s history.

Lorenzo wants an NFL team.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 238.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 238, Bellator 222, and more.

Pull No Punches. An interview with Hakeen Dawodu.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Props.

Statement from Moraes.

Do it.

Eye.

Four UFC belts. Plus Askren is still undefeated. The US 2008 Olympic wrestling squad is impressive as hell.

Champ champs.

Cejudo getting his wish.

Respect.

Tuivasa.

WTF is going on here.

Cyborg unhappy with the slander.

For real.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Angela Lee (9-1) vs. Michelle Nicolini (5-2); ONE Championship, July 12.

Islam Makhachev (17-1) vs. Davi Ramos (11-2); UFC 242, Sep. 7.

Mairbek Taisumov (27-5) vs. Diego Ferreira (15-2); UFC 242, Sep. 7.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Henry Cejudo is an awesome athlete and a great fighter. But the idea that he’s the GOAT combat sport athlete relies super heavily on being a two-division champion in a sport with a 20-year history. We should calm that talk down.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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