UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken out regarding the proposed super-fight with Conor McGregor.

The Dagestani has been stalling on his next contest, and the conclusion of the Irishman’s legal matters will present the opportunity for an announcement of the bout.

Michael Reaves/Getty Images Sport

Stepping into the octagon for the first time in November 2016, there had been some speculation that McGregor would opt for a lower-calibre opponent before stepping up to meet his Russian foe, but it seems the Dubliner is ready to compete for his old title immediately.

Nurmagomedov is keen to protect his business interests, however.

According to MMA Junkie, the 29-year-old said:

Interesting situation, if they want to make money fight, they have to pay me, too,

I’m not going give him chance like about use my name, and Conor make money, and UFC make money, and I make $200,000. No way.

The seismic struggle between the pair would be one of the most lucrative pay-per-view events in UFC history given the profile of the two fighters, and their long-running and often spectacular feud.