Ali Abdelaziz issues fiery response to Conor McGregor's UFC 229 statement
Following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, Conor McGregor released a statement on Instagram breaking down were the fight was won and lost.
'The Notorious' highlighted what he done wrong, what Khabib did right, and claimed that he is fine with taking on a different opponent, if an immediate rematch isn't on the table.
The three crucial aspects to take from McGregor's post were;
- No proper stand-up sparring
- Grappling training was 'too defence-minded'
- Recovery was 'not where it could have been'
You can see the whole post below.
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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤
McGregor broke down the fight round-by-round in what was viewed by many as a very classy statement regarding UFC 229.
It will be of no surprise however, to hear that Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz has now hit back hard at the Dubliner. Abdelaziz rebuttled McGregor's breakdown with a round-by-round account of his own.
The head of Dominance MMA tore into McGregor claiming he was a weak soul who is making excuses for his defeat.
"This is my response to this weak soul, him and his sorry ass team already making some stupid-ass excuses."
Abdelaziz also claimed that Khabib showed McGregor mercy by making him tap out when he did.
"God put mercy in Khabib's heart and decided to show the world you're a tap machine and put on a neck crank that wasn’t even a choke.
"The proper technique is 2 on 1 try to peel the arm and defend the neck crank. You put your two hands on the ground and your hand only came up when you were ready to tap."
The much maligned manager then refuted claims that McGregor will get a rematch, telling the Irishman to go open a liquor store (a clear reference to his Proper 12 whiskey) and shut the f**k up.
"If you can't make us $100M we know you can't go fight somebody else because your ass is not getting a rematch.
"Go open a liquor store and focus on selling alcohol especially after all the sh*t you talked. Just stfu and move on."
You can see Ali Abdelaziz's statement in full below.
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First of all the champion @khabib_nurmagomedov is too busy enjoying his life and his family and does not give a shit what anyone says but this is my response to this weak soul, him and his sorry ass team already making some stupid ass excuses. 1) When a man gets held against his will and listens to you gasp for air, hopeless on your back how do you win a fight? If this was a street fight you’d be done. You got out grappled and out wrestled, looking like a little child. 2) Second round - the wrestler/grappler out struck you and hit you with a K Bomb and put you on your ass, taken down and hit with missile strikes from the guard and getting smashed in front of your whole family & crew. 3) Khabib stood the whole round with you to make a point that you’re a front runner. If you can knock someone else you give up like you did 5 times in your fighting career. THEN YOU MENTIONED THIS IS ONLY BUSINESS YOU PUT YOUR WHITE FLAG IN THE MIDDLE OF BATTLE 4th round - God put mercy in Khabibs heart and decided to show the world you’re a tap machine and put on a neck crank that wasn’t even a choke. The proper technique is 2 on 1 try to peel the arm and defend the neck crank. You put your two hands on the ground and your hand only came up when you were ready to tap. It’s embarrassing, if you would have beat Khabib. It would have been fair and square you win w no excuses. Now If you can’t make us 100m we know you can’t go fight somebody else because your ass is not getting a rematch. Go open a liquor store and focus on selling alcohol especially after all the shit you talked. Just stfu and move on. @ufc #100mill