“This Is Some Bulls**T Talk”- Ali Abdelaziz Says Conor McGregor Will Never Be a UFC Champion

Published 12/18/2021, 1:00 PM EST


Popular mixed martial arts manager, Ali Abdelaziz, handles some of the biggest names in the MMA world. Furthermore, the 44-year-old is also the founder and president of a management firm named ‘Dominance MMA’.

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The firm manages some very popular fighters like Cody Garbrandt, Anthony Johnson, Ray Borg, Rashad Evans, Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns, and many more. With decades of experience as a manager, he seems to use his MMA background to get on the same wavelength as his clients.

Additionally, Ali also manages one of the greatest UFC lightweight champions, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Consequently, Khabib and Ali have been beefing with Conor McGregor. Khabib and ‘Notorious’ locked horns back in 2018. The fight ended in Khabib’s favor as he used a neck crank to submit the Irish fighter.

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Recently, Ali made an addition to the beef. Ali reacted to a clip of ESPN’s reporter Marc Raimondi, which showcased Marc predicting Conor getting a title shot. Abdelaziz tweeted, “Marc, you know I respect you, but this is some bulls**t talk, this man will never be a UFC Champion”

In the video, Marc talked about how McGregor is coming out of back-to-back stoppage losses. But with his name bringing in some enormous amounts of cash, he might pull off a title fight.

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Which fighter under Ali Abdelaziz is likely next for UFC’s lightweight title shot?

Dominance MMA chief’s hands are full with some rising prospects. As a result, some competition within the same firm has brewed up. Currently, Charles Oliveira is ruling the lightweight division. He recently defeated Dustin Poirier at the UFC 269 event, with a clean standing rear-naked-choke.

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After Dustin, names like Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, and Islam Makhachev are next in line to get the title shot. Consequently, Ali’s firm manages the three fighters.

During an interview with TMZsports, Ali cleared this confusion. He said, “Justin Gaethje is going to be next,” and shared Beneil Dariush might fight Islam Makhachev. Justin has won 5 of his last six matches. Additionally, his most recent victory over Michael Chandler has cemented his name for a probable fight for the title.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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