Managers’ Confrontation at PFL 7

Two of the most well-known managers in MMA were involved in an altercation with battery at last night’s PFL playoff event at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Abe Kawa, the vice president of First Round Management, claims that Ali Abdelaziz, CEO of Dominance MMA, approached and slapped him during the event. The two were separated by security before the Las Vegas Metro Police Department was brought in to help handle the situation.

“LVMPD officers were on scene and temporarily detained one of the subjects during the investigation,” a police spokesperson told ESPN in a statement. “That subject was cooperative. He was issued a citation and released. No enforcement action was taken regarding the second subject, who was also cooperative. There were no significant injuries.”

Kawa alleges that Abdelaziz told him they needed to talk before slapping him across the face. Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, one of Kawa’s clients who was present with him at the event, says Abdelaziz took off not long after the slap.

On his social media, Kawa responded to tweets on the situation and thanked fighters from Abdelaziz’s stable who supposedly reached out to him.

Malki Kawa, CEO of First Round and Abe’s brother, published his own thoughts on Abdelaziz on social media.

Representatives from the PFL claim that they let security and police handle the situation while they focused on in-cage matters.

First Round Management represents the likes of Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley and more, while Dominance MMA represents Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo, among others.

Original Story: ESPN

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