Ali Abdelaziz
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MMA supervisor Ali Abdelaziz says he’s banning ESPN and TSN from any future interviews along with his fighters who’re a part of Dominance MMA.

ESPN is the UFC’s official broadcast companion and a few of the high journalists in MMA work for the corporate, together with Ariel Helwani, Marc Raimondi, Jeff Wagenheim, and Brett Okamoto. TSN is the highest sporting media outlet in Canada and an affiliate of ESPN. A few of TSN’s expertise embrace high journalist Aaron Bronsteter and Robin Black, who was just lately nominated for a Fighter’s Solely award as the perfect analyst of the 12 months in blended martial arts.

In accordance with Abdelaziz, who posted the proclamation publicly on Twitter, not one of the journalists who work for ESPN and TSN will get to interview his shoppers anymore. This comes after Helwani and UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns received into it on Twitter on Monday after Helwani advised that Burns ought to battle Leon Edwards subsequent to get a welterweight title shot. Abdelaziz didn’t agree with Helwani’s suggestion that Burns ought to battle Edwards subsequent, and shortly after introduced the interview ban for ESPN and TSN reporters.

All @espnmma you will have been banned from speaking to any Dominance fighters as a result of you will have a reporter who’s concentrating on my champions. You want a right away investigation for corruption in the present day.

I like what @espnmma brings to the desk. They’ve nice reporters Brett Okomoto, Marc Raimondi, Jeff Wagenheim. I’ve no difficulty with these guys however sufficient is sufficient.

Additionally, TSN is on the banned record

Will probably be attention-grabbing to see if this sticks as a result of ESPN is the official media companion of the UFC in america and TSN is the official media companion of the UFC in Canada. Ali Abdelaziz can restrict the variety of interviews his shoppers do with these media retailers exterior of battle week, however the UFC has contracts with ESPN that should enable them to interview fighters throughout battle week and at occasions, making this a murky scenario at finest. Will probably be attention-grabbing if UFC president Dana White or anybody at ESPN responds to this information.

Abdelaziz’s Dominance MMA is likely one of the high MMA administration groups on the planet. A few of his shoppers embrace UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, UFC interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje, No. 1 welterweight contender Gilbert Burns, former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, former UFC light-weight champion Frankie Edgar, former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, and former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.