In terms of standing in the lightweight division, Khabib is below Gray Maynard and Diego Sanchez. It seems the Stockton buddies don't want to take on a lower ranked guy in a trap fight without getting paid extra money.

They probably feel as if they are being used as gate keeprs for Khabib in order to build hype for him so they think they should get extra money so essence turned down the contract more so than the fighter himself. I don't think it is nobody wanted to fight him because they're scared.