Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson continues to make waves in the world of mixed martial arts.
The hip-hop mogul recently signed an apparel deal with Bellator before announcing he would award a $1 million cash prize to the winner of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. But now, Jackson has his sights set on UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Taking to Instagram, Jackson lambasted the UFC for it’s perceived double standard surrounding the melee at UFC 229, involving Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and their respective teams. Jackson even offered to pay Nurmagomedov “$2 million cash” if him and his teammate, featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov, were to jump ship from the UFC to Bellator.
Nurmagomedov later responded to the post in the comment section with his trade “send me the location” before inviting Jackson to visit Dagestan.
The $2 million Jackson is offering would match Nurmagomedov’s fight purse for UFC 229, which is currently being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission while the continue their the investigation of the brawl. McGregor, on the other hand, received his full $3 million paycheck.
During the actual fight, fans witnessed Nurmagomedov successfully defend his 155-pound title with a dominant fourth round submission over his Irish rival.
However, immediately after the referee stopped the fight, “The Eagle” leapt over the cage to confront McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis. Cameras later showed two of teammates aggressively approach McGregor inside the octagon, with one striking him from behind.
During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White threatened to release the two UFC fighters who confronted McGregor. While their identities have yet to confirmed, Tukhugov has been closely tied to the incident.
Defending his actions, Nurmagomedov, who specifically mentioned Tukhugov in an Instagram post, declared he would leave the UFC if any of his teammates were released.
The commission eventually issued temporary suspensions to both Nurmagomedov and McGregor. Pending the completion of their investigation, they will then vote on whether to indefinitely suspend the two fighters.