A week on from UFC 229, and the fall out from the main event, Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov, it seems the flames aren’t dying down anytime soon.
Last Saturday (October 6), McGregor made his long-awaited return to the Octagon, but was submitted by Nurmagomedov in the fourth round, during an explosive encounter in Las Vegas.
I don’t need to remind you of all the details of what happened following Khabib’s victory – it’s dominated the sport headlines – but now, we’ve got another figure who’s decided to get themselves involved.
None other than Candy Shop rapper and movie producer, 50 Cent, a.k.a Curtis Jackson.
Not content with his recent feud with boxer, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather – calling out the boxer’s supposed illiteracy, all while copping worse in return – it seems he’s now turned his attention to UFC President, Dana White.
White is believed to have stood by his promise to stand down fighter Zubaira Tukhugov, cancelling his previously scheduled fight this month with Conor McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov.
Just to give you a bit of background info if you haven’t been paying attention to the UFC 229 fallout, the Russian featherweight’s future in the sport is currently in major doubt following his antics during the brawl which followed McGregor and Khabib’s fight.
Moments after Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor, Tukhugov stormed the Octagon and punched the Irishman.
Nurmagomedov has since threatened to leave the UFC if Tukhugov is fired and now, fans think we’ll see which of the two men has the fortitude to lose more.
In a post, Khabib said [translated]:
If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor.
But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video.
If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother.
If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.
However, 50 Cent may have made the decision to break his contract a little easier.
The Candy Shop singer has reportedly made a pretty sweet counter-offer.
Jackson offered to take the lightweight champion and Tukhugov under his wing, paying upfront a huge sum of $2 million.
On Instagram he wrote:
I think it’s wrong what the UFC is doing to Khabib, they didn’t do the same thing to McGregor.
I’ll pay 2 million cash tonight if he will fight for me at Bellator. [sic]
Fans were waiting to see if the offer was going to be taken up. However, Khabib has responded and it seems he’s more than willing.
In the comments section on Instagram, Khabib was seen to respond, saying:
Just send me location
Check it out here:
Looks like we’ll have to wait and see whether Khabib actually gets on the plane, but who knows with WWE supposedly sniffing around?
Yesterday on Twitter (October 12), Khabib posted to say:
@WWE ask me to jump inside. What do you think guys? #SmashLesnar #FakeFights [sic]
Can’t wait for the next chapter in all of this…
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) October 12, 2018
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