Earlier today (Tues., June 4, 2019), it was announced that the much-anticipated Lightweight title unification fight between division king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and interim champion, Dustin Poirier, was finally official for UFC 242, which set to go down at UFC 242 on Sept. 7, 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
In other good news, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto is reporting that “The Eagle” he re-upped with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which means the champ will be with the promotion for the foreseeable future. His new deal apparently also includes a Georges St-Pierre clause.
“In addition to UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz,” said Okamoto. “Terms not disclosed, however, Abdelaziz said there is a clause in the contract in the event Khabib ever fights GSP. That’s apparently already been negotiated.”
If you recall, St-Pierre was lobbying hard for a shot at Khabib, which was something “The Eagle” was on board with prior to “Rush” calling it a career earlier this year. But after politics of the fight game interfered, Georges pulled the trigger on retiring.
Nevertheless, a potential showdown against the dominant 155-pound champion could be what once again prompts the former UFC Middleweight and Welterweight champion of the world to mount another comeback to possibly further add to his already-storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Of course, you can bet Poirier is going to be more than happy to play spoiler come fight night, as Khabib has his hands full against a man whose last four wins have come against the cream of the crop at 155 pounds.
Furthermore, Ali told MMA Fighting that the deal now makes Khabib the highest-paid fighter in UFC.
“We’re extremely happy. “We’re well taken care of. We can’t ask for any better. We very grateful. Easiest negotiation I ever did,” said Ali. “It was fair, straight to the point. This is one of the biggest deals in UFC history. I don’t care Conor [McGregor], I don’t care this is one of the biggest guaranteed money [contracts] in UFC history. When you do this kind of deal, people normally burn bridges. The bridges only got stronger, that’s all I’m going to say,” he added.
“My opinion right now, Khabib is the pound-for-pound greatest fighter we’ve ever seen. He never lost. He’s never been caught. He’s never been dropped. He’s dominated every round against almost every opponent. No [performance-enhancing drugs], nothing,” he added while doubling down on Nurmagomeodv’s record-breaking deal.
“This is why he’s the highest-paid athlete in the UFC today. Believe me. He’s the highest-paid athlete in the UFC today. And I’m saying that again because I see everything. They showed me everything. Khabib is the highest-paid athlete in the UFC and we are happy. It’s time to fight.”
Time to step up your game, “Notorious.”