‘They Wanted Me to Fight’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Was Offered $100 Million Dollars

Published 05/29/2021, 10:10 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Exhibition fights in boxing are a common theme that fight fans have been seeing over the past few years. People from all walks of life, be it YouTube, basketball, MMA, and even TikTok, are singing the dotted line to get into the squared circle and compete in non-professional fights. The most notable upcoming exhibition fight will see Floyd Mayweather boxing against YouTuber Logan Paul. 

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Although Mayweather is retired as a professional, he is a businessman at heart. ‘Money’ does not pass up opportunities presented to him if they have the right number of zeroes in the check. However, recent reports suggested a former MMA champion passed up a mega 9-figure payday to take on Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. 

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In an interview with RT sport MMA, The Eagle’ said, “The enticement is always there. There were such discussions with Saudi Arabia. They wanted me to fight there, I don’t know about $100 million, that was not the exact sum, but about that.” 

Nurmagomedov’s manager Abdelaziz revealed that there was a potential fight between ‘Money’ and ‘The Eagle’ in the works. He stated on Mike Tyson’s podcast, “Khabib got offered $100 million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather. $100 million. $100 million. You can ask Floyd. You can ask everybody. Khabib said, ‘No, I’m retired. I told my mother I’m retired. I’m going to keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again, maybe I will. But right now, she told me not to fight.”

Could Floyd Mayweather vs Khabib Nurmagomedov be a possibility down the line?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest athletes in the world. His fan following was apparent when the UFC held UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, which was a wild success. 

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Also, it was recently announced that for the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight which did not take place ultimately, the site fee was a whopping $150 million. Therefore, it is not out of the question that ‘The Eagle’ was offered a handsome payday to take on Floyd Mayweather in the Kingdom. 

What do you make of Khabib Nurmagomedov turning down a 9-figure payday and a chance to fight Floyd Mayweather? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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