Mamed Khalidov: initial UFC offer was 'laughable'


A UFC world championship is the goal or dream of virtually ever professional fighter in mixed martial arts. Established UFC champions are millionaries, and fight the best in the world.

Chechen fighter Mamed Khalidov boasts a five-fight win streak, a 25-4-2 record, wins over Matt Lindland, Igor Pokrajac, and Jorge Santiago, and has a fan friendly style.

But when the UFC reportedly offered a contract, the star of Polish promotion KSW was not impressed.

Khaldiov is very valuable to KSW and earns good money there - $30,000 per fight according to one source - but there is little in the way of native opposition for him to face. All the currently relevant middleweight talent is in the UFC.

But if the UFC is not offering as much as Khalidov can make fighting for KSW - at least initially - then he has to consider whether the opportunity that a UFC contract offers is worth taking a hit in revenue.

Khalidov has apparently declared the initial UFC offer to be ‘laughable’, which does not bode well for a move to the US. At the same time, he no doubt understands that his value in the US will not be anywhere near what it is in Poland and Eastern Europe.

Unless the financial package is varied we might not get to see Khalidov tested in the UFC anytime soon.

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fightharder site profile image  

6/11/12 8:58 AM by fightharder

Though i agree with you i do think the are opportunities there or will be in the future. Signing a fighter like Khalidov would help them create some buzz in the market.I have a lingering suspicion in is not so much the lack of television money but more the lack of PPV viability. But that pretty much goes for the whole of Europe (except perhaps for Great Britain).Anyways what is the risk offering the guy a 30/40 deal when the upsides are there or might be there in the near future.

Jumbo Reverse Shrimp site profile image  

6/11/12 8:48 AM by Jumbo Reverse Shrimp

LOL at that salary scale. And yes, if you get called up to the big leagues, you should expect more money. This isn't peewee league anymore.  

Animal Chin site profile image  

6/11/12 8:44 AM by Animal Chin

He read his wiki page so he knows everything there is to know about mamed.

NorthFromHere site profile image  

6/11/12 7:59 AM by NorthFromHere

Wojslaw of MMA Rocks tweeted it today.

john joe site profile image  

6/11/12 7:48 AM by john joe

interesting, when was this? martin emailed me at the weekend;

tikmovado site profile image  

6/11/12 7:16 AM by tikmovado

I love how all the fans that make min wage talk about negotiations like they are experts. Or they know what a fighter SHOULD be paid.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/11/12 6:56 AM by MMALOGIC

 There's no TV Money in eastern europe...  the only economy there that's worth talking about is Russia and there television is nationalized which means no money. If eastern europe had any money M1 global wouldnt be going out of business. You have to focus your resources on the big economies fist and prioritize those big economies that are generating the most interest and that have TV money: USA EU (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc...) China (long term play) India (TV deal done) Japan (successful firt event but no tv deal yet) Brazil (great TV deal, needs more live events) Canada (great TV deal, needs more live events) Australia etc... Zuffa is prioritizing... first those markets that have tv money, then those markets that will actually commit TV money.   Poland doesnt have enough tv money.   neither does russia or any other eastern european country, yet.

Naughty Gorilla site profile image  

6/11/12 6:54 AM by Naughty Gorilla

lol i doubt you've ever seen him fight, noob

NorthFromHere site profile image  

6/11/12 6:17 AM by NorthFromHere

Change of tune:" Martin Lewandowski tells that UFC's 20+20 offer is not that bad after all, Khalidov also has Strikeforce and Bellator offers"source:

American Shaolin site profile image  

6/9/12 7:27 AM by American Shaolin

20/20 is MORE than fair for this guy. Im glad the UFC isnt budging on this amount.