Nurmagomedov Manager: McGregor Ducks Fighters
After Floyd Mayweather denied that he was in negotiations with the UFC to give MMA a try, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, whom Mayweather fought in the Money Fight this past August, posted a one-word message on social media that seemed to be directed at Mayweather (Warning: NSFW language).
That certainly did not go unnoticed in the MMA community, and it caught the particular interest of one man — Ali Abdelaziz, who is the manager of UFC fighters such as Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the latter of which is a rival of McGregor’s.
In a Twitter post, Abdelaziz claims McGregor has no right to call Mayweather out for avoiding MMA when McGregor has not defended his UFC Lightweight Championship since winning it at UFC 205 in November 2016. Abdelaziz further claims that McGregor ducks people who can beat him (Warning: NSFW language).
It is true that McGregor has not defended his UFC Lightweight Title yet; instead, he went on to the Money Fight with Mayweather this year. But McGregor says he plans to continue fighting and will return to the UFC Octagon soon. McGregor never defended the UFC Featherweight Championship after winning it at UFC 194 in December 2015 either, and he was stripped of the title exactly two weeks after winning the lightweight title.
And to give McGregor credit, he has beaten many UFC superstars including Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier, and even current UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway.
Nurmagomedov has not competed in an MMA bout since submitting Michael Johnson at UFC 205. Nurmagomedov was scheduled to compete in an interim lightweight title bout with current interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 back in March. But days before the fight, Nurmagomedov pulled out due to feeling unwell after a bad weight cut.
Nurmagomedov meets Edson Barboza on Dec. 30 at UFC 219.
In the past, McGregor has teased a title fight with Nurmagomedov in the latter’s home country of Russia.