50 Cent to meet Khabib for Bellator talks
Curtis Jackson has confirmed he plans to travel to Russia to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov after offering the UFC star the opportunity to fight at Bellator.
Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229, but the fight was marred by subsequent scenes as the Russian clashed with individuals in his opponent's camp.
UFC president Dana White suggested Nurmagomedov could be stripped of his title, while the fighter claimed he might quit the competition, leading rapper and businessman Jackson, commonly known as '50 Cent', to give him an opportunity at rival promotion Bellator.
Nurmagomedov replied to Jackson, inviting him to Russia, and the American has now himself responded.
"I'm taking Khabib up on his offer and I'm going to see him and his team in Dagestan after I wrap directing Power," Jackson wrote, alongside Nurmagomedov's replies.
He added: "The new face of contact sports is Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is the real deal. I mean he is real and I'm making the deal."
Jackson may not be the only party to put a deal before Nurmagomedov, however, after Leonard Ellerbe, the chief executive at Mayweather Promotions, was filmed alongside the 30-year-old in Russia on Saturday.
In a video uploaded to Ellerbe's Instagram page, Nurmagomedov revealed his intention to face boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.