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Mamed Khalidov offered UFC deal, but would like better terms

Mamed Khalidov offered UFC deal, but would like better terms
June 6th 2012

Mamed Khalidov has reportedly been offered a UFC contract.

Khalidov is, along with Mariusz Pudzianowski, the main star of the Polish promotion KSW. He has been keen on a move to the UFC to test himself, but Polish sources say the deal that the UFC has offered is not particularly compelling in financial terms.

That makes for a difficult decision for Khalidov. He is very valuable to KSW and earns good money there - $30,000 per fight according to one source - but there is little in the way of native opposition for him to face. KSW has been bringing name internationals for him of late, but all the currently relevant middleweight talent is in the UFC.

As a fighter, Khalidov wants to challenge himself and make his name and to do so he will need to move beyond the confines of KSW, good as the show is, and enter the UFC middleweight division. Much the same reasoning was behind Hector Lombard’s recent move from Bellator FC to the UFC.

But if the UFC is not offering as much as Khalidov can make fighting for KSW - at least initially - then he has to consider whether the opportunity that a UFC contract offers is worth taking a hit in revenue. Khalidov has competed for Strikeforce previously, but that deal was non-exclusive; UFC contracts are not.

Khalidov - currently in his native Chechnya, where his family still reside - has apparently declared the initial UFC offer to be ‘laughable’, which does not bode well for a move to the US. At the same time, he is a pragmatist who no doubt understands that his value in the US will not be anywhere near what it is in Poland and Eastern Europe.

Several UFC veterans number among Khalidov’s wins, including Igor Pokrajac, Jorge Santiago and Matt Lindland. With a 25-4-2 overall record and a five-fight win streak over international-level competition, Khalidov is more than worthy of a UFC spot - and the fact that he is a highly-aggressive finisher is also a bonus.

But when all is said and done, a prizefighter has to get the right money and unless the financial package is varied we might not get to see Khalidov tested in the UFC anytime soon.

Comments

  • simplematt23

    Posted at 00:10 on June 7th 2012

    I hear the fight bonuses and healthcare option in KSW are awesome. Khalidov is definitely smart in calling the UFC contract offer laughable.

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  • KneeDown69

    Posted at 15:38 on June 7th 2012

    I hear the fight bonuses and healthcare option in KSW are awesome. Khalidov is definitely smart in calling the UFC contract offer laughable.

    A touch of well timed sarcasm methinks!!

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  • Massimo86

    Posted at 23:03 on June 7th 2012

    But in Poland he also has some sponsors that he'll loose if he'll go to the UFC. Recently he appeared in a couple talk shows and the energy drink advertisment. His name is getting more recognasible every day, that is gonna give him extra money. In the UFC he'll start from "null" and the salary will be the only money he can get in first year

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  • arninho

    Posted at 01:51 on June 9th 2012

    it is a fu....n joke. he is now one of 5 best middleweight fighter in the world and they offered him 20 000 for fight???? I think that he realy can beat anderson silva, shame that ufc dont apreciate him as a fighter.i hope that they will offer him good contract soon.

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  • andrew cooper

    Posted at 14:27 on June 9th 2012

    20,000 for a fight him is an extremely good deal when you compare it to other situation and look at his record, for the record i'm not knocking him here, cos i want to see him in the ufc. michael chisera will be on the basic 6,000 fight/6,000 win and he spent the last 3 months on the ultimate fighter and can be argue of a name in america cos of that. you also have to look at khalidov record, yes it's impressive but in his last 10 fights who has he beaten with a big enough relevant name(in that time he went 1 win and 1 lose to jorge santiago, who had a horrible time both time he was in the ufc). as for the sponsor argument, i personally would find it hard to believe why anyone wouldn't stay connected to him to go on the world stage and going to the ufc would open the doors for new one. like i say i'm not trying to knock the guy here

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