Khabib Nurmagomedov will not take no for an answer.
The #1 ranked lightweight contender tweeted on Monday that he would be willing to pay Tony Ferguson an additional $200k to accept a bout with him. Ferguson, who is still interested in the matchup, declined the offer saying he wants better terms on his UFC contract, not Nurmagomedov’s money.
“You’ve got Khabib f-cking offering $200,000 to fight me. I’m not going to take his money because we work for the same kind of thing,” Ferguson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I would offer the same thing. But that’s not what I’m in here for, man. Honestly, we’re both two of the same kind of fighters because we fight for something different.”
The matchup seems to be the most obvious to make in the lightweight division, given that both fighters are on impressive win streaks and that lightweight champion Conor McGregor will be taking time off from competition. The only hold up is that Ferguson wants to renegotiate his UFC contract while Dana White believes he should honor his current one.
“We were trying to make that fight. Tony said he will not do that fight unless he makes the same exact money that Khabib makes. Khabib has a different deal. So, that ain’t happening. Count that one out,” said White at the UFC 207 media day.
“He has a contract that he just signed not long ago… When you sign a deal, you honor your deal.”
Nurmagomedov (24-0) is coming off of a dominant, third-round submission victory over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in November, making him 8-0 in the UFC with four finishes. Ferguson (22-3), meanwhile, currently rides a nine-fight win streak which includes wins over former champion Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, and Josh Thomson. A fight between the two would undoubtedly qualify to be a title eliminator bout.