Not surprisingly, MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz differs from Conor McGregor in his interpretation of UFC 229’s headliner.
And with his client Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) firmly in the win column, Abdelaziz is wasting no opportunity to gloat over his side’s win. The manager today took to Instagram to issue a scathing rebuttal to McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and his “sorry ass team already making some stupid ass excuses.”
Abdelaziz, a frequent target of McGregor in the buildup to this month’s blockbuster event, said the Irish star looked “like a little child” against Nurmagomedov and “put your white flag” down “in the middle of battle.”
The MMA manager concludes a rematch with McGregor would hinge on a $100 million payday for Nurmagomedov, who banked a disclosed $2 million for the event but likely made millions more after pay-per-view bonuses.
“If you can’t make us 100m we know you can’t go fight somebody else because your ass is not getting a rematch,” Abdelaziz writes. “Go open a liquor store and focus on selling alcohol especially after all the (expletive) you talked. Just stfu and move on. @ufc #100mill.”
The message smacks of payback after McGregor directly attacked Abdelaziz in a pair of press conferences for UFC 229. The former two-division champ called the manager a “terrorist rat” and even volunteered a fight after facing off with Nurmagomedov.
But in the wake of his loss, a more humble McGregor emerged on social media. On Monday, he made headlines with an assessment of his performance against Nurmagomedov, acknowledging the rounds he lost and welcoming his next challenge if a rematch isn’t forthcoming.
UFC President Dana White has named ex-interim champ Tony Ferguson as the desired next opponent for Nurmagomedov, though the potential punishment from the champ’s post-fight melee could shape the division’s course. Nurmagomedov also has teased a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor’s loss marked his first MMA fight in almost two years after a cash-grab boxing match against Mayweather in August 2017. All of the Irish star’s setbacks in the cage have come by way of submission.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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