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Khalidov offered $20k/$20k deal by UFC

Khalidov offered $20k/$20k deal by UFC
June 8th 2012

Mamed Khalidov’s categorising of the UFC’s financial offer to him as “laughable” has caused heads to be scratched at Zuffa headquarters.

The KSW star was offered a four-fight deal by the UFC recently but made public comments about the financial terms being unacceptable to him. He is paid $30,000 per fight in Poland, plus sponsorship, and is slowly edging onto mainstream television chat shows and the like.

“If you look at the conditions for the first and second fight, they are not really acceptable. If they were decent then I would accept. I'm not saying that everyone knows who I am, but I'm not anonymous,” the Chechen-born fighter explains.

“Michael Bisping for one fight gets about $500,000 and is lower in the rankings. I understand that he is a star there and has taken time for the money. On the other hand I can not agree to humiliating terms.

“UFC expects spectacular fights… I have proved by fighting in EliteXC, in the US, in Japan, that I can fight this way (spectacular) and I do not think I need to prove it once again… I know that this is a business but if they do not see me as a player worth big money, it makes no sense to fight there.”

Fighters Only spoke to a source on the Zuffa side who said that Khalidov’s comments were puzzling considering that he was offered a $20,000/$20,000 deal. That means that his first fight, if he won it, would be worth $40,000. If he lost he would get $20,000 - less than his KSW rate but more than UFC newcomers who are unknown in the US.

Khalidov’s management supposedly told the UFC that his overall package had to be higher because the sponsors would not follow him from KSW to the UFC. “That was a strange thing to say,” said the source. “It equates to ‘please pay him more, because nobody wants to sponsor him’ - does that make your fighter sound more attractive or less attractive to a promoter?”

Khalidov has fought once before in North America, stopping Jason Guida in the second round of a 2008 ShoXC event. His remuneration for that fight was not revealed by the Indiana Athletic Commission but ShoXC generally never paid fighters over $10,000. However, the deal with ShoXC/EliteXC was non-exclusive.
 
He has lost only one of his nine bouts since the Guida win, but that loss was to Jorge Santiago. Former Sengoku champion Santiago struggled when he was twice in the UFC and was released from both contracts, and that isn’t impressive from the Zuffa side. They want to see Khalidov’s form before showering him with gold.

Khalidov’s most recent wins include Jesse Taylor, Matt Lindland and James Irvin - all name opponents, but nothing like the calibre to be found in the UFC middleweight division at present. “With all due respect to Khalidov his claim to be higher in the rankings than Michael Bisping is in itself laughable,” says the source. “Who has he beaten really?”

As of now the offer is still on the table for Khalidov but Fighters Only has learned that the financial terms will not be altered. He can either accept the $20,000/$20,000 four-fight deal or elect to remain with KSW. For Khalidov the choice is problematical because the money and (mainstream) fame presently lies with the KSW side, but he badly wants to test himself in the MMA premier league and the longer he leaves it, the older he gets and so risks passing his peak.

Money can also go up substantially in the UFC with bonuses and spectacular performances. Khalidov fights for the finish and certainly has the potential to light the fans up, so he also has to calculate his chances of finishing the kind of opponents he would likely to be offered in his first appearance for the UFC.

More news as we get it.

 

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Comments

  • Nick

    Posted at 17:18 on June 8th 2012

    I don't think he was saying he's higher ranked than Bisping, but rather that Bisping isn't the top ranked fighter - which I disagree with as he's probably the 3rd best MW in the UFC.

    Bad move on this guys part. Yeah he may have got less, but the exposure would have won him better sponsorship.

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  • eric

    Posted at 17:47 on June 8th 2012

    With all due respect to Khalidov his claim to be higher in the rankings than Michael Bisping is in itself laughable,” says the source. “Who has beaten really?”

    who the fuck has bisping beaten? mayhem lolz

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  • chilepepper99

    Posted at 19:20 on June 8th 2012

    Let him stay in Poland and fight if he doesn't like the money offer. Nobody knows who he is anyway and the UFC will be just fine without him.

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  • Boruta

    Posted at 10:26 on June 9th 2012

    >Khalidov’s management supposedly told the UFC that his overall package had to be higher because the sponsors would not follow him from KSW to the UFC. “That was a strange thing to say,” said the source. “It equates to ‘please pay him more, because nobody wants to sponsor him’ - does that make your fighter sound more attractive or less attractive to a promoter?”


    That was no strange if you know that Mamed's managers are owners of KSW. They talk that shit becouse they don't want him in UFC.

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  • Clipper

    Posted at 15:28 on June 9th 2012

    Khalidov and his manager are funniest people on the planet, lol.

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  • Chechen Rami

    Posted at 18:34 on June 25th 2012

    I dont know who are you,and i really dont care who you are,but you have to know one thing,Khalidov is an amazing fighter and is a top fighter in the world,while Bisping is not a good fighter if you check his fights,Khalidov is respected everywhere around the world,and i guess the problem is,Dana is too cheap to pay him more,i mean they could have atleast told him,that if he would win the first out of four fights,they would increase the amount of money payed,which would surely interest Khalidov,UFC really needs to get all the best fighters from other fighting corporations ,if they want to show the world that they are really ultimate fighting corporation,and by the way I am chechen,so of course i will take Khaldiovs side,and in my opinion,he deserves more respect,plus who are you ro talk bad about him?do you think you will ever reach his level?I dont think so.

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