Ali Abdelaziz has kickstarted the war of words with Conor McGregor, branding the Irish fighter “mentally unstable” in a new interview.
Abdelaziz, who is the long-time manager of Khabib Nurmagomedov, was responding to suggestions that Conor McGregor could potentially be a future opponent for another of his clients, Khamzat Chimaev.
Chimaev is the UFC’s brightest prospect and a banker to be named breakout fighter of the year for 2020 after winning three fights in dominant fashion over the course of just 66 days.
After displaying elite-level grappling and ground-and-pound in his first two UFC outings, Chimaev knocked out opponent Gerald Meerschaert with one punch last Saturday night.
Having previously gone back-and-forth with McGregor and even travelling to Dublin to fight ‘The Notorious’ at his own gym, Chimaev would welcome the opportunity to share the Octagon with the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion but Abdelaziz is not exploring that option.
“I’m not looking for Khamzat to fight a mentally unstable fighter. Conor McGregor is mentally unstable. I wish him the best of luck,” Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports.
“Khamzat would kill him. He would really kill him.”