UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s friend and manager Ali Abdelaziz says he is mostly concerned about Tony Ferguson getting injured.
UFC 249 is supposed to feature a UFC lightweight championship title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The event came under threat of being cancelled, as it was set to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York. State of New York recently imposed a ban on all large gatherings amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.
UFC president Dana White has assured the fans multiple times that the event will happen on April 18 as planned, although it will have to be moved to a new location – potentially outside of the US. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov recently suggested that the event might be moved to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Ali Abdelaziz has said multiple times himself, that the event will happen on April 18 as planned. Now, the manager has come out and said that he is more worried about Tony Ferguson getting injured, than the event getting cancelled.
He recently talked to TMZ Sports, calling Ferguson a “dumb motherf**cker”. See what he all had to say below:
“Listen, this fight will happen. The only thing I’m worried about is this dumb motherf**ker hurting himself f**king around like this, you know what I’m saying? He’s dumb. This motherf**ker needs to stop kicking poles and training with banana peels. He needs to get a real team, reach coaches, to really supervise him. The man trains himself, you understand? Guess what, he’s a great fighter, yeah, he’s an amazing fighter. But he’s a stupid motherf**ker, that what he is. The man tries to do everything to hurt himself,” Ali Abdelaziz said.
Tony Ferguson is well known for his unorthodox training methods. He recently posted a video of some training footage, which the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was not particularly impressed by.
The pair have been booked to fight 4-times in the past, with both fighters pulling out twice due to health complications. Ferguson has been criticised for some of his training methods in the past. They include kicking steel pipes to condition his shins, doing squats on the beach and while being on a hoverboard, poor form during weight training among others.
Fans are eagerly waiting to finally witness the showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson later next month. Nurmagomedov recently stated that UFC president Dana White will “send him location” in the next couple of days.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 19th March, 2020.