If he can’t do it; homie, it can’t be done.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has no problem scooping up disgruntled UFC fighters, already collecting the likes of Gegard Mousasi and Ryan Bader, among others, but it appears the former Strikeforce head cheese is not in the “Eagle” business.
After Khabib Nurmagomedov threatened to quit the promotion (over this), rapper and newly-christened Bellator broski 50 Cent offered $2 million to have the UFC lightweight champion abandon ship and join the rank-and-file over at Viacom.
“He called me yesterday and he said, ‘Hey, what’s going on with this?’” Coker said at the Bellator 208 press conference (via MMA Junkie). “I said, ‘Well, the commission’s involved. There’s a lot of steps to that whole situation.’ I told him, ‘Hey, let’s just stay clear of it because that has nothing to do with Bellator, it has to do with the commission and the fighter and the league.’ So that’s their business.”
Not that it would have made a difference.
That’s because Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abedaziz, told TMZ that he’s not going to entertain a “garbage” offer for $2 million — the amount being held by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his UFC 229 post-fight brawl — because “The Eagle” is worth 25-times that amount.
“For $2 million, [that won’t even] open a Coca-Cola bottle for Khabib,” Abdelaziz said. “Khabib makes a lot of money. If we talk about $50 million and up, we can talk. But $2 million? This is garbage.”
If Nurmagomedov is going to make that kind of coin, then he better hope Floyd Mayweather was serious when he said this. If not, it make take that Conor McGregor match at Cowboys Stadium to get into double digits.