‘You Will Never Be a Champ Again!’- Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Gets Into Verbal Fight With Conor McGregor

Published 12/26/2020, 8:23 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


With less than one month before his Octagon return, Conor McGregor has started his patented trash-talking. However, he didn’t aim at his rival for UFC 257 Dustin Poirier. Instead, he went after Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of his arch-nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov, along with several other UFC fighters.

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McGregor took to Twitter and took a shot at Abdelaziz’s controversial past. “Robert Earl Britton is The Man!” McGregor wrote in a tweet that he later deleted. As per the research conducted by investigative journalist Mike Russell, Robert Britton was the name Abdelaziz took up when he registered with USADA back in 2001.

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Abdelaziz was quick to fire back at McGregor. He mentioned the names of a plethora of fighters from Dominance MMA who, according to him, would crush the Irishman. He also added that Khabib Nurmagomedov has already broken ‘The Notorious One’ mentally.

Not the one to escape a banter easily, McGregor retaliated as well. This time around, he aimed his shot at former opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, hinting that he was going to get him, eventually.

While Conor stopped after this, Abdelaziz continued tweeting.

Conor McGregor has had a history of back-and-forth with Ali Abdelaziz

Arguably the biggest name in MMA management, Ali Abdelaziz has a history of inserting himself into the feuds of his client’s opponents. However, Conor McGregor was the one who targeted Abdelaziz publically for his controversial past. During the lead up to McGregor’s fight with the current lightweight champ, he repeatedly called Abdelaziz a ‘terrorist snitch’.

McGregor’s accusations seem to stem from a book written in 2013 titled  Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America. As per the book, the NYPD recruited a 25-year-old Abdelaziz in 2002 as an informant. Following this stint, the FBI sponsored him and even gave him a green card allowing him to come in and out of the USA.

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However, the relation between Abdelaziz and the FBI strained over time, leading to the severing of their ties. Regardless of his past, Abdelaziz has grown into a major stakeholder in the mixed martial arts industry. His clients include multiple current and former champions on the UFC roster..

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With Abdelaziz’s biggest client Khabib Nurmagomedov retiring from the sport, the UFC lightweight division is in a bit of a fix right now. If Nurmagomedov decides to return for one more fight, there are high chances that he ends up fighting the winner of McGregor vs Poirier. Should McGregor defeat Poirier at UFC 257 convincingly, there’s a good chance he will call out ‘The Eagle’ for a rematch.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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