The UFC antitrust lawsuit recently shed light on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighter contract, along with those of other fighters, including former champion Matt Hughes. This revelation comes in the midst of Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC) renewing its ‘Motion for Summary Judgment,’ a legal maneuver that aims to expedite the resolution of the case by having the judge make a quick decision based on existing evidence and the law, skipping a full trial if there are no significant disputes.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s contract, dated December 18, 2013, is one of his earliest UFC contracts, considering he joined the organization in 2012. The contract outlined that he was paid $21,000 for both showing up for a fight and winning it. It would be valid for either 20 months or four fights, whichever came first. Notably, this does not imply that Nurmagomedov earned only $21,000 when he fought Rafael dos Anjos in April 2014. Public records reveal that he pocketed $64,000 for that fight, receiving $32,000 for showing up and an additional $32,000 for winning. This suggests that his contract had likely been renegotiated before the bout.
Contract Adjustments and Fighter Earnings
Nurmagomedov reportedly signed another contract before facing Michael Johnson in November 2016, where he was set to earn $80,000 for showing up and winning against Edson Barboza. Therefore, it is essential to take the payout information in the disclosed contract with a grain of salt, as fighters often renegotiate their terms and conditions as they climb the ranks and achieve success in the UFC.
This development in the lawsuit has provided an intriguing glimpse into the financial aspects of fighter contracts in the world of mixed martial arts. It highlights the dynamic nature of these agreements, which are subject to revisions and improvements as fighters progress in their careers.