McGregor’s longtime rival (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) through his close association with former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the CEO of Dominance MMA Management has long viewed the Irishman as a “wrong” – a word his fighter Nurmagomedov used Saturday after the fight.
With the way things turned out following the McGregor crisis on Saturday trilogy fight loss to Dustin Poirier, Abdelaziz thinks his opinion has been more justified.
“He’s his own manager; he is his own trainer; he is the head coach; he’s everything, ”Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie at a small media rally on Monday. “When you have a whole bunch of ‘yeas’ around you, he doesn’t change his game. At the end of the day, good always beats bad. He’s an evil human being. He can do whatever he wants. Of course, I don’t like the guy. But if he does something right, I’ll give him credit. How are you going to threaten to kill Dustin Poirier’s wife?
If in charge, Abdelaziz said McGregor would be fined seven figures for his comments after the fight. Abdelaziz also indicated that those around McGregor are partly to blame.
“If I were Dana White, I would fin this guy a million dollars,” Abdelaziz said. “Dana should have directions. I know Dana said, ‘We say mean things to each other.’ Can you imagine if someone (said that) about Dana’s wife? I know Dana doesn’t care, but actually he’s dead wrong because this streak is for life. It’s for life. Really, man, him and all his people are just bad people, man. All. They are delusional.
Abdelaziz said he was upset by McGregor’s recklessness and expressed the opinion that McGregor could do more with his fame to promote good – rather than gossip.
“The guy acts like this (invincible) gangster, but he really isn’t. He’s a guy, ”Abdelaziz said. “God is testing you. It gives you that kind of power, doesn’t it? And he sees what you’re going to do with it. (McGregor) did everything wrong with his power. Check out guys like Khabib (Nurmagomedov), Dustin Poirier and (and) Daniel Cormier. They use their power (for) good. They help others. All this guy does is hurt people. Look, this guy has a family. By doing this he is hurting his own family. Who wants to be this kid’s son? No one wants to be the son of someone like him.
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As for doing future business with McGregor, indirectly through the UFC, Abdelaziz is open to his clients getting a salary. Abdelaziz believes McGregor would be an easy salary for his top lightweights, which include former UFC title challenger Justin Gaethje, UFC on ESPN 26 headliner Islam Makhachev and top contender Beneil Dariush. The days when McGregor was a “tough guy” for the top echelon of the division are over, he believes.
“In reality, fuck him,” Abdelaziz said. “I don’t really care about him. It’s easy money. I hope he is in good health. He can come back (and) fight (Justin) Gaethje, Islam (Makhachev), or Beneil (Dariush). It’s easy pay for everyone. He became, as I said, a prostitute. Guys are using it for the hype right now. That’s it. Because it is easy money. He can’t beat anybody in the top 10 or the top 15. He can’t compete with these guys anymore. He can not.”
Check out MMA Junkie’s full interview with Ali Abdelaziz below.
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