Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Rizvan Magomedov, spilled the beans and let the cat out of the bag! He confirmed that they knocked on Khabib’s door with a tantalizing offer for a grappling showdown against the legendary Georges St-Pierre. But hold onto your hats, because Khabib waved goodbye to a jaw-dropping $5,000,000 payday. Yes, you heard that right—five million bucks!
Now, let’s rewind a bit. Khabib, the undisputed lightweight champ and a Hall of Famer, decided to hang up his gloves in 2020. He left the MMA arena with a perfect 29-0 record, and his last act was tapping out Justin Gaethje with a second-round triangle choke. It was an emotional exit following the loss of his beloved father and head coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Fans worldwide were crossing their fingers for a Khabib comeback, but the man himself has made it crystal clear that he’s not feeling that comeback itch. Nope, he’s full.
Khabib didn’t just reject any old offer; he turned down a chance to grapple with none other than Georges St-Pierre, a UFC two-division champ and Hall of Fame superstar.
According to Magomedov, they never even got into the nitty-gritty of money matters. Magomedov wondered aloud to a Russian outlet, TASS, where the heck Craig Jones pulled that $5,000,000 figure from. He even suggested that maybe Craig’s grandma whispered it in his ear because it’s just too darn funny!
So, the UFC came knocking, but they didn’t even open the wallet discussion. Nope, they didn’t dive into the dollars and cents. They simply asked Khabib if he had a hankering to return to the fight game or not. And just like that, it was curtains on that conversation.
Now, speaking of St-Pierre, the Canadian favorite is gearing up for a grappling gig on UFC Fight Pass. But reports about him locking horns with the submission wizard, Demian Maia, might still be a bit premature. I guess we’ll just have to sit tight and see how this grappling drama unfolds!