The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13 and currently #2 ranked fighter in the lightweight division, Tony Ferguson (22-3) has been offered $200,000 by the #1 ranked fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) to fight him. Rumors are circulating that both camps are already working to make it happen, the only obstacle in the way is from Ferguson’s end as he has some disputes with UFC regarding the amount of money he is being paid.
While talking to the media “El Cucuy” expressed his discontent at not being compensated in the same way the promotion pays to “The Eagle”.
Ferguson said: “I’m not sure, man. You ask them. Ask them why they’re not paying me, and maybe we’ll get some answers. I haven’t had the opportunities that they have (given Nurmagomedov), as far as, over the past five fights, I’ve only been on one pay-per-view. All the rest have been on FOX Sports 1 cards, which limits my mainstream exposure. Khabib has been on three pay-per-views and two UFC on FOXs, which draws much larger audiences than FOX Sports 1 cards.”
“Despite this, there’s nothing that suggests that Khabib draws any larger than me. I haven’t been given the same opportunities or the same push as Khabib. I don’t belong to AKA or a big major sport’s program. I choose to do different things on my own and I’m building my own legacy, my own facilities, but that’s later on. That’s a completely different subject. So, as far as compensation goes, like I said, the UFC has been known to change it (for a particular fight) over their history, and I’m just looking for them to get this thing going, man. Let’s go. Let’s go, UFC.”
“But for right now, I’m enjoying my time. The fans, you guys need to get anxious, man. Let’s get some chatter going. Let’s get the UFC involved with this. If you’ve got Khabib willing to sacrifice his life and give me $200,000 of his own money, something’s wrong with that sh*t. I’m not going to take that guy’s money. He’s got a family too. So do I, and he’s got bills to pay. So I’m not going after Khabib’s. All I want is my stuff right and to be compensated for what my numbers prove to be, so let’s go kids.”
How much fighters get paid by the UFC, is a sensitive subject that creates many too many questions in the minds of fighters and the public. Even though fighters are now getting much more than they used to few years ago, it is still not something they are content with. Even the highest paid UFC fighter Conor McGregor has expressed his desire to be given part ownership of the UFC.
Ferguson’s stakes rose after his incredible winning streak of nice fights including the most recent one against the former UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos. However, his fight against Nurmagomedov would be considered the most difficult one and the winner could face the lightweight champion Conor McGregor.