MMA supervisor Ali Abdelaziz laid out the trail for what it could take for UFC celebrity Conor McGregor to get a light-weight title shot.
Abdelaziz is the supervisor of not solely UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but in addition interim champ Justin Gaethje. The plan was initially set for Nurmagomedov to struggle Gaethje at UFC 243 in September, however following the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, that struggle is on maintain proper now. As an alternative, the UFC plans to have Israel Adesanya tackle Paulo Costa in the primary occasion of UFC 243 for the middleweight belt.
Chatting with TMZ Sports activities, Abdelaziz was requested in regards to the light-weight title image proper now with Nurmagomedov unable to struggle. In keeping with the supervisor, he nonetheless sees Nurmagomedov combating Gaethje earlier than the tip of 2020. However when requested about McGregor stepping in line to struggle the belt, Abdelaziz laid out the phrases of that occuring.
“Justin mentioned no (to McGregor). Khabib informed me to go inform Justin to struggle Conor. Justin mentioned no. Hear, we dictate this. Conor proper now he generally is a backup fighter. He can go make weight and possibly make some cash, however on the finish of the day, that’s the 2 champions. He’s not even No. 3, he’s No. four or No. 5. Conor can go struggle Nate (Diaz) or (Jorge) Masvidal. We’re not taken with combating him. He must get some wins and he must struggle some good opponents. I mentioned, the one means he can struggle Khabib is that if he fights Islam Makhachev, then he can struggle Khabib,” Abdelaziz mentioned.
Although UFC president Dana White just lately confirmed that McGregor is retired from the game, that hasn’t stopped his title from frequently arising within the information as a result of he’s nonetheless the largest star within the sport. However so far as Abdelaziz goes, the subsequent struggle for the belt will probably be between Nurmagomedov and Gaethje.
“Khabib has some objectives to perform. You will notice him earlier than the tip of the 12 months. Now him and Dana are speaking and I’m speaking to the matchmakers and we’re making an attempt to arrange a date. I’m positive Dana will let the followers know when Khabib will struggle. We have now a blockbuster most important occasion between him and Justin Gaethje. Two of the very best lightweights as we speak of the current period. We’ve seen what Khabib does to all his opponents. We’ve seen what Justin Gaethje has completed to his final 4 opponents. He dismantled Ton Ferguson. He made him appear to be an absolute beginner. And that’s the very best two guys on this planet and so they’re going to struggle,” Abdelaziz mentioned.
Do you agree with the trail Ali Abdelaziz has laid out if Conor McGregor desires to get a UFC light-weight title shot?