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UFC News: Nurmagomedov's father says his son was used as a bargaining chip to reduce McGregor's pay by $3.5 million

Adithya Pai
396   //    02 Nov 2016, 18:17 IST
Undefeated but not lucky at all.

MMA is now legal is New York with the UFC playing a huge role in the progress. With UFC 205 barely ten days away, UFC fighters are expressing their displeasure in the way the UFC has been running the show lately.

One such controversy involves Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose title shot was snatched away and was handed to Conor McGregor. Nurmagomedov’s father now claims to know the ‘dirty’ secret reason behind the unfair treatment of his son.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, claims that his son being granted a title shot was only a play by the UFC, to force McGregor to accept lower pay. According to the senior Nurmagomedov, the featherweight champ’s paycheck was reduced by $3.5 million, from the original price asked by McGregor.

If the words of Khabib’s father appear to be true then the game played by the UFC worked well in their favour. 

Initially, before the official announcement of the main event for UFC 205, the rumours of McGregor being scheduled for the event, was slammed by Dana White on Twitter. He also said it would be Nurmagomedov who would be fighting for Eddie Alvarez’s UFC lightweight belt instead. 

Later that week, White shocked the world, with a tweet that stated the change of plans for UFC 205, where now The Notorious one would replace Nurmagomedov to fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship at Madison Square Garden, New York.

This led to McGregor getting the opportunity to become the first fighter to hold UFC titles in two divisions simultaneously. 


 According to the reports of Nurmagomedov was offered a compensation of $100,000, but allegedly turned it down and opted to fight instead. Later, Dana White announced during a press conference that UFC’s MSG card would feature a bout between Nurmagomedov and fellow UFC fighter Michael Johnson.

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