Khabib retirement, UFC fighter pay, & more in the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill

Khabib Retirement UFC 242 MMA Rumors

Congrats if you made it through a 14 hour UFC and Bellator marathon; you deserve all the MMA rumors.

UFC 242 and Bellator 226 brought up the best, and oddest from each promotion. Fans know a gap exists between MMA’s clear number one and number two promotions, but just how wide is it?

As always these are rumors that have been talked about behind closed doors between MMA higher ups, so take them as MMA rumors.

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  • Heading into UFC 242, there were whispers of  Khabib Nurmagomedov thinking about retirement. The 30-year-old has not kept retirement rumors very quite inside his team. If Khabib does not get the fight he wants next, retirement rumors will persist.
  • In almost a mirror situation, rumors popped off that Nate Diaz was leaning towards retirement as late as last two weeks ago.  Now headlining UFC 224, expect to hear about a Diaz pay raise here soon.
  • Khabib wants it. GSP wants it. Though rumor is the UFC does not want to make Khabib versus GSP happen at 155 pounds. Pay (always an UFC issue) and fear of GSP immediately retiring again, put a X through this super-fight.
  • Huge if true, but rumors are Rampage versus Fedor will headline Bellator’s first show in Japan. This fight may also serve as Fedor’s latest official retirement fight.
  • Something to keep an eye on, more rumors continue to leak out that UFC fighters are unhappy about their pay. The UFC’s unwillingness to open their wallets has already torpedoed half a dozen main/co-main events.

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