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Khabib’s father expects champ to earn ‘3 to 3.5 times more’ than UFC 229

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap is expecting a massive payday for his son at UFC 242.


UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov took home an official purse of $2 million for his title fight against Conor McGregor in October 2018 at UFC 229. For his second title defense this weekend at UFC 242 against Dustin Poirier, his father Abdulmanap expects even bigger earnings.

“We will make 3 to 3.5 (times) more (than UFC 229),” the elder Nurmagomedov told Russian website TASS (via MMA Junkie).

“We aren’t fighting for a small change – we know what we worth,” he added. “It is not enough for us, because we are the best now. We have beaten the best, and we are ready to fight the best.

“We are popular – we know that. When we enter the arena, you will see the reaction to us, and reaction to Poirier.”

Official purses will not be known for this entire card, as it’s taking place outside the United States.

UFC 242 takes place on Saturday, September 7th, at the Arena in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It will be co-headlined by a lightweight fight between Paul Felder and Edson Barboza.