Khabib Nurmagamedov’s Manager Ali Abdelaziz Has Launched a Full-Scale Verbal Assault on John Kavanagh For Comments He Made About Islam… 

Khabib Nurmagamedov and his crew take their religion very seriously. The Dagestani, his teammates Islam Makhachev, Zubhaira Tukagov, and his Egyptian manager Ali Abdelaziz are all practicing Muslims. This is another thing that they share, bringing their team closer together.

Allegedly Dillon Danis shouted an anti-Muslim slur at Khabib last Saturday, inciting the Russian to launch himself feet-first off the cage at the New York native. If you mess with Allah, you mess with Khabib too. However, it turns out that the religious tension between the two camps goes back even further.

Now Abdelaziz has condemned McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh for tweets he made in the past, making light of Islam. It just goes to show that the animosity between these two teams is showing no sign of dissipating.

Khabib Nurmagamedov. USA TODAY Sports.


This goes back as far as last April when Khabib Nurmagamedov defeated Al Iaquinta to win the lightweight title in dramatic circumstances. He then made it clear that he would be unable to defend until after the summer because of his commitments to the religious festival Ramadan, which requires daily fasting. The following exchange then took place between Khabib and Kavanagh on Twitter:

JK: “Jesus loves knockouts but Mohammed wasn’t a fan of summertime MMA? – Choose your religion wisely young fighters!”

KN: “You can’t joking about religion, be careful. #thisisnotshow.”

JK: “Why not? We should be allowed, without threat of violence, have fun with all aspects of life #onelove.”

KN: “I don’t think so, and I hope you will never mix religion and joke, be serious.”

JK: “Ok we’ll agree to disagree- congrats on your latest victory and I wish you well in the future #LaVieEstBelle.”

Conor McGregor with John Kavanagh. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Not Impressed

It’s very clear that Kavanagh really didn’t mean to cause serious offense at all. Out of all the high-profile members of McGregor’s camp, he is usually calm, collected and dignified – in stark contrast to the likes of McGregor and Danis. Ali Abdelaziz brought the messages up again though. He verbally assaulted Kavanagh tweeting:

“This is fact his b**ch ass coach start playing making fun of religion first and now he want to be humble f**k him. In America everyone is equal b**ch.”

Lighten up, Ali. Jeez.

Ali Abdelaziz, USA TODAY Sports.


First of all, Kavanagh isn’t even American. He’s Irish and the first man in the country to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Secondly, it’s quite rich of Abdelaziz to preach about religion when you consider he owes $50,000 in child support fees after abandoning his son Noah, from a previous marriage, in Colorado. That’s not exactly good behavior in any religion.

While it’s pretty awesome that Khabib is willing to stand by his teammates and is promising to quit the UFC if they drop Tukagov and Makhachev, Abdelaziz isn’t helping his fighter become more popular at all. You have to pick your battles in this game and slating John Kavanagh for a few jokes is a little bit excessive.

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