Ali Abdelaziz has offered praise to his fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next opponent Dustin Poirier, but gave him little chance of upsetting the champ.
As of right now, nothing has been made official, but by the looks of things, Poirier is the man who will likely attempt to hand the undefeated Russian his first loss.
UFC 242 will be the likely meeting place for these two surging lightweights – an event that is set to take place in Abu Dhabi, which will no doubt see the champion Khabib at the centre of some serious support.
According to The Eagle’s divisive manager Ali Abdelaziz, Poirier, though talented, will not fare well in there with the unbeaten Dagestani.
Speaking on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas, the famed manager gave credit to Poirier as a fighter and as a person, but made it clear that he would meet the same fate as each of Nurmagomedov’s 27 past opponents.
“We’re working on it. We’re going through a couple things, I think it’s going well. But the fight is not finalized yet. That would be a good date for Khabib to come back. Khabib, he gave me — he wants to fight September, December, and April. These are the three dates he gave me.
“I let the UFC know. Poirier is a great opponent. You have a lot of lightweight fights coming up. You have (Donald) Cerrone and (Tony) Ferguson coming up. You have this guy Conor (McGregor) — but it’s funny, because if Conor went out there and got a win, he might over-leap all these guys again.
“But there’s levels to this. I like Poirier a lot as a person. I know him, I trained with him before, I know him personally, we stayed together for almost a month, trained the whole month. He’s a great guy, he’s a great opponent.
“He’s dangerous, he has a lot of volume. But listen, 27 people tried, 27 failed. You’re going to get put on your back, you’re going to panic, you’re going to get outworked, and you’re probably going to get finished.”