Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Throws Shade at Conor McGregor as Islam Makhachev Dethrones Jon Jones for P4P Crown
In the tumultuous world of combat sports, feuds often burn brightly, leaving scorched earth in their wake. One such rivalry has brewed for years, and it’s a story of animosity that stems from the notorious clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. At the center of this simmering enmity is Ali Abdelaziz, who manages Khabib and another rising star, Islam Makhachev.
Conor McGregor, the flamboyant Irish fighter known as ‘The Notorious,’ spared no punches in his verbal assaults, aiming not only at Khabib but also at those within his orbit, including Abdelaziz. McGregor’s tirades even included baseless allegations that Abdelaziz had abandoned his own son, Noah, in the past. These verbal missiles left deep scars, and now, the 45-year-old manager has reignited the rivalry in a very public way, taking his jabs at Conor McGregor on social media.
In a recent provocative move, Abdelaziz posted an image featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev, both of whom are under his management. Alongside this picture, he accompanied his message with a direct, acerbic shot at McGregor, saying, “@TheNotoriousMMA hey crackhead, how do you like this?”
What adds a sharp edge to this taunt is the caption provided by Abdelaziz on his Instagram post: “2 PoundForPound Kings from Dagestan.” This caption serves as an unmistakable reminder that both Islam and Khabib have enjoyed the prestigious #1 Pound for Pound ranking during their careers. In contrast, this is a title that Conor McGregor has yet to claim.
Ali Abdelaziz’s client Islam Makachev’s rise to P4P rankings
Islam Makhachev’s journey to the pinnacle of the pound-for-pound rankings took a significant step when he delivered a sensational knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski. Many anticipated that this triumph would propel him ahead of the long-reigning Jon Jones in the pound-for-pound rankings. However, despite the awe-inspiring feat, Jon Jones remained firmly perched at the top spot. It seemed that Jones was invincible in this regard. But, as fate would have it, Jones’ luck took a downturn when an injury forced him to withdraw from his highly anticipated UFC 295 title bout against Stipe Miocic.
With the balance of power teetering, the latest update to the Pound for Pound rankings brought a seismic shift. Islam Makhachev now reigns as the undisputed #1 pound-for-pound fighter, a fact that Ali Abdelaziz wasted no time in celebrating and showcasing. This announcement, no doubt, served as a further sting to Conor McGregor and his quest for that elusive top pound-for-pound spot.
The clash of titans and the fiery rivalry between these fighters and their managers continue to provide electrifying narratives in the world of combat sports. With each verbal jab, social media post, and triumph inside the cage, the stakes are raised, and fans are left eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this gripping saga.
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