Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaiz SLAMS Conor McGregor: “Hey bitch…”
Conor McGregor will not next title shot at lightweight, if you ask Ali Abdelaziz, manager to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Former UFC double champion Conor McGregor made a triumphant return to the UFC last month. In the main event of UFC 246, he TKO’d Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds, without absorbing a single shot. That performance led UFC president Dana White to call for a title shot for McGregor next. As of now McGregor’s nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov is lightweight champion, and will defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18th. However Nurmagomedov’s manager; controversial Ali Abdelaziz, doesn’t feel McGregor should get the next title shot that easily.
“You can’t get a title fight beating a guy who is 36 years old coming off of a loss,” Abdelaziz told TMZ. “If he wants to get a title shot, like Khabib said, he needs to start fighting guys like Gaethje or guys like Islam Makhachev, this type of young guys, up-and-coming, who are coming off of wins,” Abdelaziz said of McGregor.
“It was a good performance, he treated Cerrone the way he should have treated him. But of course not (he shouldn’t get a rematch). It was a huge fight, but at the end of the day, Khabib is all about principle.”
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The UFC 246 main event was contested at welterweight, a weight class above lightweight that McGregor last competed at. McGregor has, in fact, not won a bout at lightweight since 2016, strengthening the argument Abdelaziz is making.
“Conor can say whatever he wants. But my advice to Conor is, hey bitch, go fight Justin Gaethje, get a win, and after that come back for a title shot,” Abdelaziz said.
While White has seemed sure that McGregor deserves the next title shot at lightweight, Abdelaziz may be onto something. Should Nurmagomedov win against Ferguson, there’s a good chance the current lightweight champ will exit the fight with injuries. Ferguson is notorious for his unorthodox techniques and for opening up cuts on his opponents. It remains ti be seen how the UFC handle the title picture at lightweight.