Rabat - Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has announced that the MMA artist will “probably” meet with King Mohammed VI.
The Russian fighter’s October 6 victory over Conor McGregor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 229 made headlines globally. Afterwards, several heads of state have warmly congratulated Nurmagomedov in person, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
In an interview with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, Abdelaziz stated that Khabib will “probably meet King Mohammed VI next week.”
The manager mentioned the possibility of a rematch with McGregor in exchange for a large sum of money.
“Maybe for a whole bunch of money … maybe we give a rematch to the guy that was just killed.”
He added that Nurmagomedov has plans in Africa to help people and fund the digging of wells and school building.
Abdelaziz requested at least $50 million to get Nurmagomedov into a cage or boxing ring.
Because the UFC 229 fight was held in Las Vegas, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov and has withheld his $2 million UFC 229 prize pending a full investigation into a post-match incident between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
After the match, Nurmagomedov jumped into McGregor’s team’s area and started fighting them. He said he was reacting to McGregor’s insults of Nurmagomedov’s Muslim religion and family at press meetings before the match.
Nurmagomedov’s future with the UFC is uncertain. The organization withdrew Nurmagomedov’s training partner, Zubaira Tukhukov, from a match with McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov. The fight was scheduled for late October, but Tukhukov was involved in the Las Vegas fight and even punched McGregor, according to MMAFighting.
Nurmagomedov has denounced the UFC’s decision and threatened to leave the organization.
Will a Nurmagomedov-Mayweather boxing match happen?
A few days after Nurmagomedov’s victory over McGregor, the Russian fighter called out the undefeated American boxer, Floyd Mayweather, to a boxing match.
There has not been an official statement that the match will take place.
However, UFC President Dana White insisted on a match under mixed martial arts rules, not another boxing match like the one between Mayweather and McGregor last year.
“We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again, he’s gotta come fight in the UFC,” White said to ESPN.
“I don’t think it’s very realistic at all but I didn’t think the boxing match was either and it happened so we’ll see,” he added.