Ali Abdelaziz: Kamaru Usman Wants To Face Michael Chiesa At UFC 263

Ali AbdelazizKamaru Usman wants to stay active, but that doesn’t mean he wants to fight Colby Covington anytime soon, according to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. Instead, Usman’s wants his next title defense scheduled in June against Michael Chiesa. After Usman’s devastating knockout of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, ESPN’s Brett Okimoto caught up with Abdelaziz to talk about the victory […]

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Kamaru Usman wants to stay active, but that doesn’t mean he wants to fight Colby Covington anytime soon, according to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. Instead, Usman’s wants his next title defense scheduled in June against Michael Chiesa.

After Usman’s devastating knockout of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, ESPN’s Brett Okimoto caught up with Abdelaziz to talk about the victory as well as the champ’s next moves. (H/T BJPenn.com)

“Kamaru in the last 10 months fought three times, Colby in the last three years, fought three times. After Kamaru destroyed his jaw and disfigured his face. Kamaru went and fought three times, defend against very tough opponents,” Abdelaziz shared. “He (Colby Covington) went and fought Woodley, the guy is not even in the UFC anymore, he’s 40-years-old and beat him. Maybe Colby Covington is good for business, who cares. Chiesa, four-fight winning streak, Vicente Luque three-fight winning streak, Leon Edwards, nine-fight winning streak? Why (is) Colby Covington so special? What about Kamaru, if Marvin Vettori beats Israel Adesanya, why (doesn’t) Kamaru go up and fight Marvin Vettori for the middleweight title?”

The comments come after UFC president Dana White revealed that Covington would get the next shot at the welterweight title. Still, Abdelaziz believes that Usman and the UFC will agree on his next move.

“Listen, Kamaru earned every right to do what he wants right now. But, we are respectful to Dana and his wishes and we are going to work together regardless.” 

“We will make it happen. Kamaru called me yesterday, he said June 12, let’s do Michael Chiesa. He asked me who had the longest winning streak in the division in the top five or six, I said Chiesa, he said June 12, (Chiesa) doesn’t have a fight. It doesn’t really matter who. He said let’s do Michael Chiesa, ask the UFC if I can fight on June 12. I told the UFC, Kamaru can fight three more times this year.”

Who do you think Kamaru Usman should fight next?

Ali Abdelaziz Honored To Be Linked With Free Agent Jon Jones

AbdelazizAli Abdelaziz is flattered that many are linking him with Jon Jones. Jones made headlines recently when he announced that he had amicably parted ways with his long time management company First Row Management after 11 years as negotiations for a Francis Ngannou fight continue to be at a standstill. That means Jones is a […]

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Ali Abdelaziz is flattered that many are linking him with Jon Jones.

Jones made headlines recently when he announced that he had amicably parted ways with his long time management company First Row Management after 11 years as negotiations for a Francis Ngannou fight continue to be at a standstill.

That means Jones is a free agent as far as management companies are concerned, and many observers were quick to call for him to sign with Abdelaziz’s Dominance MMA.

Although highly-controversial, Abdelaziz has clients ranging from former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo and many more stars who all seem happy to have him handling business for them.

And while he won’t be chasing Jones to sign him, Abdelaziz is more than ready to help him with negotiations with UFC president Dana White.

“I wish nothing but the best for Jon, and I’m flattered my name come up,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie. “But I think Jon is the only person that can help Jon. Everybody thinks I can do magic, and people even say, ‘I hate Ali Abdelaziz so much. But I think he can help Jon.’ Of course, if I can help anybody, I will help them. I help guys I don’t even manage. Georges St-Pierre, when he came back (to fight Michael Bisping), I flew on a private plane with Dana White to meet him and Ari Emanuel to get a deal one. I didn’t make a dollar off Georges. Georges probably made $10 million. And I love Georges, and it was an honor to help Georges St-Pierre. Jon knows my number. I’m sure he has a great team around him, great people advising him. But if (he needs) any advice, I will be more than happy to advise Jon out of respect. It doesn’t have to mean, ‘Oh, I want to sign Jon Jones. I want to be his manager.’

“At the end of the day, I never invite myself to a party. If somebody wants to invite me to their party, we can talk. But I wish him nothing but the best and I wish Dana just to sit with him and they can talk with each other. They can sit in the room. Dana hated Kamaru (Usman) at one point. My job is to make peace with the fighter and the promoter.”

Perhaps Abdelaziz is the person who can get Jones vs. Ngannou to become a reality?

Khabib Nurmagomedov Will ‘Smash John Cena’s Face’ – Ali Abdelaziz

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov would smash WWE superstar, John Cena, in the wrestling ring according to MMA manger, Ali Abdelaziz. ‘The Eagle’ surprisingly retired from the sport back in October after beating Justin Gaethje to unify the UFC’s lightweight division. After months of uncertainty as UFC boss, Dana White tried to persuade the undefeated Russian to stick […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov would smash WWE superstar, John Cena, in the wrestling ring according to MMA manger, Ali Abdelaziz.

‘The Eagle’ surprisingly retired from the sport back in October after beating Justin Gaethje to unify the UFC’s lightweight division.

After months of uncertainty as UFC boss, Dana White tried to persuade the undefeated Russian to stick around, Nurmagomedov relinquished his 155lb belt last month, cementing his decision to retire. Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler are set to square off for the vacant title at UFC 262.

The 32-year-old is in his fighting prime and still appears to have a lot to give as an athlete. However, as of late he has been focusing on the athletic endeavours of others. Nurmagomedov has been coaching fighters and he now on his own promotion – Eagle Fighting Championship.

During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Nurmagomedov’s manager was asked about the possibility of his client transitioning to professional wrestling.

“Any of these soft steroid freaks wants to go ahead and have a wrestling match with Khabib, they want to get beat up for real. They know who to call. They need to call me,” Abdelaziz said. “He’ll go there and he’ll smash John Cena’s face no problem.”

Do you want to see Khabib Nurmagomedov compete in the WWE?

Ali Abdelaziz Take Aim At ‘Piece Of Sh*t’ Conor McGregor

Ali AbdelazizAli Abdelaziz isn’t a fan of Conor McGregor. Abdelaziz’s disdain for the Irishman has bubbled to the surface once again in his latest interview with TMZ Sports. Claiming that ‘Notorious’ is afraid of Kamaru Usman as he is too much of a man for McGregor, Abdelaziz is certainly trying to ruffle a few feathers with […]

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Ali Abdelaziz isn’t a fan of Conor McGregor. Abdelaziz’s disdain for the Irishman has bubbled to the surface once again in his latest interview with TMZ Sports. Claiming that ‘Notorious’ is afraid of Kamaru Usman as he is too much of a man for McGregor, Abdelaziz is certainly trying to ruffle a few feathers with some serious fighting words. (H/T TMZ Sports)

Conor McGregor holds wins in three of the UFC’s weight classes. Stretching from Featherweight all the way to Welterweight, his collection of scalps is impressive, to say the least. McGregor’s last bout at Welterweight lasted mere seconds when he absolutely demolished a caught-in-the-headlights Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The champion of the division, however, is Kamaru Usman. Ali Abdelaziz is Usman’s manager, so the constant bashing of the Irishman’s name shouldn’t be a surprise. You mention McGregor and you will usually get some attention directed your way, such is his star power. With Kamaru Usman set to fight Jorge Masvidal in the coming weeks at UFC 261, gaining some media attention from mentioning McGregor’s name makes sense. I mean, the ex-manager and friend of Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t exactly going to have nice things to say about one of his greatest rivals.

Conor McGregor has his hands full with Dustin Poirier, with their trilogy fight looking to be set for the 10th June. The rematch in January at UFC 257 did not go McGregor’s way. Devastating leg kicks led the Louisianan to a lucrative victory. After suffering his first every KO loss, the Irishman is itching for revenge with him recently revealing that a front kick is the path to victory. But what if McGregor gets through Poirier in the trilogy bout, could a trip to welterweight be on the cards?

Conor McGregor vs Kamaru Usman, who wins?

Rafael dos Anjos: Send Me The Contract, Wants Justin Gaethje Next

It looks like former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has his eyes targeted on former interim champion Justin Gaethje. Following some commentary by Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz on social media, it was clear dos Anjos had a bone to pick wi…

It looks like former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has his eyes targeted on former interim champion Justin Gaethje. Following some commentary by Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz on social media, it was clear dos Anjos had a bone to pick with him. Essentially, the post from Abdelaziz described the lightweight division as scared to face […]

Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal Managers Discuss Potential TUF Season

Usman MasvidalIt looks like we could see Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal as potential TUF coaches before a rematch. Usman successfully defended his welterweight title following an impressive third-round TKO win over former teammate Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 258 last night. Following the win, Usman called for a rematch with Masvidal and […]

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It looks like we could see Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal as potential TUF coaches before a rematch.

Usman successfully defended his welterweight title following an impressive third-round TKO win over former teammate Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 258 last night.

Following the win, Usman called for a rematch with Masvidal and planned on finishing him this time. That led many to speculate whether they could be potential coaches for the return of The Ultimate Fighter later this year with UFC president Dana White not ruling it out.

As far as their managers are concerned, though, they are also discussing the possibility along with a rematch.

Here’s what Masvidal’s co-manager Malki Kawa said.

“Chess not checkers.

“Dana said no percentages of fans in an arena. Full sell out. Either in vegas or Florida. Masvidal vs usman, first shoot TUF, then fight in Miami, at the triple A. What a fight to welcome fans back to. Miami would turn up big for that one. Book it!

“Masvidal wants it.”

Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, meanwhile, is already talking to the UFC.

“Kamaru Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz just told me he’s already talking to UFC about Usman and Masvidal as TUF coaches. ‘It’s what Kamaru wants and Jorge deserves a full camp. But he and his team better be on their best behavior. We already beat them up inside and out of cage.’”

Abdelaziz would provide another warning to which Kawa responded.

“Kamaru will sit with the boss next week and will let you know what’s next. Be great full that the champ is giving you opportunity Don’t price yourself [email protected]@danawhite”

Hopefully, egos are kept in check and we get the rematch.

Do you think we’ll see Usman and Masvidal as TUF coaches before a welterweight title rematch?