Dana White has previously said he’d like to host a UFC event in Africa, but one of his star fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov, wants the event to raise a lot of money for a good cause.
Nurmagomedov (28-0), who last weekend defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier, told reporters that he wanted to turn his next fight into a charity event in Africa to raise money for people in need of clean drinking water. Gulf News reported that the fighter suggested Nigeria, Sudan, Rwanda, and the DRC as potential countries that could benefit from his efforts, and that his goal would be to raise $30-50 million. “We are famous and we have a lot of money, but we need to stay focused and humble. It is very important for us to see even one child happy through our gestures,” he told Gulf News.
Nurmagomedov’s suggestion isn’t the first time he’s made an effort to help those in need. Near the end of last year, he was reported as spending time in Nigeria helping to repair water wells and build medical facilities.
While Dana White hasn’t commented on Nurmagomedov’s suggestion for a multi-million-dollar charity fight, he has said that future potential opponents for the champion could include Tony Ferguson and, yes, Conor McGregor. A rematch between the latter and Nurmagomedov could be a huge draw for fans, which could help raise the money Nurmagomedov is aiming for if White agrees to host a charity event.