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Controversial Khabib manager blasts “b**** a**” Conor McGregor

"You’ve been hiding from him, for years..."

The controversial manager of UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov laid into Conor McGregor following the unexpected retirement announcement. 

Despite reaching success and mainstream popularity, Conor McGregor is a divisive character to say the least. While he has a legion of supportive fans, his many feuds with other popular fighters have turned many of his rivals fans and teams against him. Perhaps his biggest foe who’s not a fighter himself is Ali Abdelaziz, manager to Khabib Nurmagomedov – arch rival of McGregor.

McGregor recently announced his retirement, seemingly due to poor negotiations with with the UFC. Abdelaziz has gone after McGregor on social media time and time again, and certainly didn’t hold back when hearing the retirement news.

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“You should’ve stepped in and fought tony Ferguson,” Abdelaziz wrote. “You’ve been hiding from him, for years. Justin Gaethje stepped in, and got the job done. Now your bitch ass needs to sit down and watch the two best fighters in the world fight”

Abdelaziz is referring to the UFC 249 main event, originally scheduled to be a lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. However after that Nurmagomedov was stuck in Russia due to a travel ban the fight was scrapped. Justin Gaethje, also managed by Abdelaziz, stepped up on short notice to face Ferguson for the interim title instead.

Defying the odds, Gaethje bulldozed Ferguson, finishing the latter via fifth round TKO. As of now it’s uncertain when Nurmagomedov and Gaethje will collide for the undisputed lightweight title, but McGregor will surely be watching closely.

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