Khabib Nurmagodemov reveals WWE offer as 50 Cent makes Bellator pitch for UFC champion
Rapper wants to bring UFC lightweight champion to rival MMA outfit Bellator, while Russian suggests he could head to WWE to ‘smash’ Brock Lesnar amid fallout from Conor McGregor fight
If Khabib Nurmagomedov does end up leaving the UFC, he might not be out of work for long with a couple of high-profile offers seemingly already on the table.
The Russian has threatened to quit the UFC if president Dana White fires Zubaira Tukhugov for punching Conor McGregor during last weekend’s wild post-fight melee in Las Vegas.
And Nurmagomedov teased he could follow former UFC trailblazer Ronda Rousey into professional wrestling with WWE.
“WWE ask me to jump inside,” he wrote to his 608,000 followers on Twitter. “What do you guys think?”
Nurmagomedov also appeared to hint at a pro wrestling match against WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, using the hashtags “#SmashLesnar” and “#FakeFights”.
If that wasn’t enough, rapper and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also offered to help bring Nurmagomedov to MMA company and UFC rival Bellator.
“I think it’s wrong what the UFC is doing to Khabib, they didn’t do the same thing to McGregor,” 50 Cent wrote on social media. “I’ll pay 2 million cash tonight if he will fight for me at Bellator.”
“I’ll deal with Dana and your contract later,” 50 Cent wrote in reference to UFC chief Dana White. “The UFC is not the only game in town. Zubaira is welcome also.”
The rapper has become something of a brand ambassador for Bellator in recent months, and was talking ahead of Friday night’s Bellator 207 event in Connecticut.
The financial offer seemed to be a direct reference to Nurmagomedov’s US$2 million purse from UFC 229 that is being withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) while it investigates the lightweight champion’s role in the brawl at the T-Mobile Arena, after he had submitted McGregor.
Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon and into the crowd to attack McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis, before members of the Dagestani native’s team got into it with the Irishman.
As the fallout continues, Nurmagomedov told White earlier this week to “keep my money” and threatened to break his contract if his “brother” Tukhugov is punished, in an explosive Instagram post.
Tukhugov’s scheduled fight against McGregor teammate Artem Lobov later this month has already been scrapped.
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I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers
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“Don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video,” Nurmagomedov wrote in the social media post.
“If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother.
“If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.
“And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.
“We have defended our honour and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers.”