A pair of misdemeanor battery prices in opposition to Dominance MMA founder Ali Abdelaziz have been dismissed.
On Monday, a Nevada decide accepted a movement by state prosecutors to dismiss an October 2019 battery cost filed in opposition to the MMA supervisor, per on-line court docket data. The cost stemmed from an alleged bodily altercation with First Spherical Administration co-founder Abe Kawa at a PFL occasion. Police stated two witnesses noticed Abdelaziz strike Kawa with a closed fist backstage on the occasion; Kawa and Anthony Pettis’ fiancee corroborated the report.
Based on the The Athletic, the alleged assault was spurred by Abdelaziz’s perception that Kawa had unfold a rumor that he sexually assaulted a UFC employees member at an occasion in 2018. Abdelaziz denied the allegation within the report.
Abdelaziz legal professional Chris Blakesley stated the state’s movement got here after a gathering with a prosecutor previous to Monday’s listening to the place they mentioned the case and “we each felt that it was the perfect transfer to maneuver to dismiss.” He stated there have been no penalties or circumstances positioned on Abdelaziz in change for the state’s movement, and he was unaware whether or not any witnesses had come ahead on Kawa’s behalf. He couldn’t recall the prosecutor’s title.
“I feel Ali’s upkeep of his innocence since day one was proven by the tip end result,” he stated. “What Monday was was to place the deal on the report to ensure it was official, however a lot of the work was completed previous to that with a really accountable, good prosecutor who was prepared to hearken to our aspect.”
In January, the web docket notes from the state, “they haven’t any place on this matter at the moment.” Abdelaziz pleaded not responsible to the cost, which carries a most punishment of as much as six months in jail and a $1,000 advantageous.
Kawa didn’t reply to a request for remark; Abdelaziz referred MMA Combating to Blakesley.
The second battery cost stemmed from an altercation caught on digital camera in March 2019. Abdelaziz was cited after a person named Michael Johnson stated he was assaulted by the supervisor on a buffet line on the Palms On line casino Resort in Las Vegas. Johnson claimed he was a part of welterweight Colby Covington’s battle crew and was roughed up by UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman, who’d simply gained the title at UFC 235, and “different members of his crew.” Video of the incident was posted by TMZ and instantly went viral. Covington, who stated he didn’t know Johnson and known as him “simply an harmless civilian caught within the line of fireplace.”
Based on on-line data, Abdelaziz entered a diversion program and paid a $1,000 advantageous earlier than the cost was dismissed. Blakesley stated this system is barely a technical time period; Abdelaziz was solely required to pay the advantageous to have the case dismissed this previous November.
Abdelaziz represents lots of the high stars within the UFC, Bellator and PFL, together with Usman, UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, former bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo and former light-weight champ Frankie Edgar. In California, he presently is a co-defendant together with heavyweight Vitaly Minakov in an ongoing lawsuit filed by RusFighters LLC, which alleges he tortiously interfered with an present contract the previous Bellator champ had with the administration firm.
Abdelaziz has been caught on movie in a number of bodily altercations at PFL occasions; after the alleged incident with Abe Kawa, he was briefly barred from attending them. In 2012, he reportedly punched Abe Kawa’s brother, First Spherical co-founder Malki Kawa, backstage at UFC 150. The incident reportedly helped Abdelaziz decide up one other shopper, two-time UFC title challenger Anthony Johnson.
“I noticed Forrest Griffin run over and decide [Malki Kawa] up, and Ali stated, ‘I informed you once I see you once more I used to be going to punch you within the mouth,’” Johnson informed The Athletic. “He did what he stated he was going to do. That’s some gangster proper there.”
In the identical story, the supervisor tried to elucidate his repeated bodily altercations at MMA occasions.
“I all the time retaliate when somebody does one thing to me, and I all the time maintain my floor,” Abdelaziz stated. “However that is who I’m as a person. I refuse to be bullied. And I refuse to let folks attempt to shut my mouth. If you discuss to me, you’re all the time going to get the 100 % me. I wish to be higher for my kids and my spouse. I wish to be a job mannequin. But additionally I’m completely different. I’m not saying I’m proper by any means. I simply have a number of emotion constructed inside me. I’m passionate. And sure issues, bam, I ought to have by no means did that. However typically I remorse this. It is a reality.”