Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most successful fighters inside the octagon, as he reportedly made $6 million for his title defense at UFC 242 against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.
But that is nothing compared to how much the United Arab Emirates spent on constructing a special stadium to UFC to stage the even on Yas Island.
According to reports, several millions of dollars were spent on the construction of the stadium, which is set to be then demolished in the coming weeks. It’s a sheer waste of good money that can be going toward better things, such as clean water and charities for children in need.
That’s why Khabib wants to have one of his title fights in Africa next year, because if UFC can spend and make so much money in Abu Dhabi, then it can do the same in a country that really needs help.
“We could fight there and make money and do some charity stuff. Africa is in a very bad situation, lots of places don’t have drinking water, people don’t talk about it but we should,” said Khabib during the post-fight presser.
“I could fight in Africa in January, February or March. I could give all of the money to children’s charities.
“We could make between 50 to 80 million dollars and help all of the children there.”
Of course, the only fight that could generate so much money is a rematch against Conor McGregor, the biggest star and biggest money-making machine in the sport today.
While we already know “Notorious” won’t be next for Khabib, perhaps he can set his sights for a rematch in 2020, and for a good cause. It’s a win-win situation all the way around
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