ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Conor McGregor's future in the UFC is very uncertain right now, and one rival MMA promotion was trying to take advantage of that.

Fight Nights Global, a Russian organization, has reportedly offered Conor a cool $2 million to appear on the same card that Fedor Emlianenko will be fighting on in June.

BloodyElbow first reported the news, via journalists Karim Zidan and Alexey Safonov.

According to their sources, Conor McGregor was offered a flat $2 million to face 14-0 Russian fighter Rasul Mirzaev, a man who was once convicted of manslaughter after killing one of his students in an altercation.

They note that one of Fight Nights Global's investors is billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, so they could theoretically pay for it.

What they probably can't get around though is Conor's UFC contract. Just because he's appearing at UFC 200 doesn't mean he's a free agent. Fighting for a rival promotion would likely be a huge contract breach that the UFC could sue him over.

That being said, in a weird twist, Fight Nights Global is a UFC Fight Pass partner, but even this arrangement would probably still not allow him to take the fight.

One thing's for sure though, Conor McGregor is one in-demand fighter.

The event in question will take place on June 17. It will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC fighter Fabio Maldonado.


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