UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed in a Tweet on October 11 that the WWE had allegedly made contact with him.
“@WWE asked me to jump inside,” Khabib wrote. “What do you think, guys? #SmashLesnar #FakeFights”
This supposed contact follows Khabib’s post-match assault on McGregor’s Jiu Jitsu coach, which many fans have equated to the famed drama of professional wrestling.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) October 12, 2018
While Khabib is currently facing suspension from the UFC for his actions during UFC 229, he has likewise threatened to quit the organization if his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov is fired for taking swings at McGregor during the chaos.
Although it is unclear whether Khabib meant the Tweet in jest or not, it could point to a major career change should he follow through with his threat.
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I would like to address @ufc Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family? Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started. In any case, punish me, @zubairatukhugov has nothing to do with that. If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my another Brother FIRST, just check the video. if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I'll break it myself. And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end. #Brothers
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time the WWE has signed a former UFC fighter, either. Among the leagues of fighters who have crossed over to the WWE is mixed martial artist and Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey, who famously signed onto the organization after her defeat to Amanda Nunes and has since gone on to be the Raw Women’s Champion.
Khabib’s Tweet also sent a message to professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar. While his current beef with McGregor takes the limelight, it looks like Khabib has already set his sights on another opponent.
Although Tukhugov has been pulled from his upcoming fight with Artem Lobov since the UFC 229 debacle, he has stated that he is hopeful of remaining with the the organization - although UFC President Dana White has claimed otherwise.