The UFC is seemingly trying to pull out all the stops for their second visit to Poland and their plans feature the Polish MMA legend, Mamed Khalidov.
Sources close to MMAUNO.com have revealed that Khalidov has been offered a fight with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at the UFC Fight Night Card in Gdansk, Poland on October 21, but the KSW middleweight champion has responded by requesting a seven figure Euro fight purse.
This information follows an earlier report by Russian reporter Adam Zubayraev that Khalidov had received an offer from the UFC.
UFC и Мамед Халидов ведут переговоры, если стороны договорятся, Мамед дебютирует в Польше 21 октября!
— Adam Zubayraev (@AdamZubayraev) August 4, 2017
Khalidov (34-4-2) is currently a free agent having seen out the remaining fight on his KSW deal at the historic KSW 39 event in Warsaw, Poland. That evening, Khalidov defeated KSW welterweight champion, Borys Mankowski, via unanimous decision in a catchweight bout contested at 181-pounds.
Prior to that, Khalidov had won the KSW middleweight title against Michał Materla back in May 2015 and had defended it against Aziz Karaoglu before defeating Luke Barnatt under the ACB banner last March.
Machida (22-7-0) is currently serving out an 18-month suspension having admitted taking 7-Keto-DHEA, a banned USADA substance. His ban runs out on October 8 and it appears the UFC want him in back action sooner rather than later.
It’s believed that the UFC is currently reviewing Khalidov’s demands and that there has been no further dialogue between the two parties. The offer is on the table, but for the minute at least, Machida vs. Khalidov at UFC Gdansk looks the furthest thing from done.