Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are scheduled to enter the cage together on April 7th at UFC 223. The bout has been a long time coming, and has been the subject of a bunch of confusion surrounding what lightweight belt they’re actually fighting over. But one thing that is a constant in MMA is manager rhetoric, and Ali Abdel-Aziz turned up the volume on that in a recent MMA Hour appearance.
Khabib’s manager didn’t hold back when he was asked about what he thinks about the fight (via MMA Fighting):
“I feel sorry for Tony Ferguson, because on April 7, Tony Ferguson is probably never gonna fight again,” Abel-Aziz said. “I’m concerned for his well-being, I’m serious. I’m not just saying that to promote a fight. I’m concerned for him. I’m hearing some reports — and I respect Eddie Bravo, he’s a legend — I’m hearing that he’d accept, he’d be more than happy for Khabib to take him down. And I’ll tell you something … he’s not gonna be a normal human being. He’ll be in trouble. Because if he accepts takedown from Khabib and he will take him down, he will disfigure his whole entire face.”
“It’s gonna be brutal, it’s gonna be ugly, it’s gonna be bloody,” Abdel-Aziz said. “Because Khabib was very nice to (Edson) Barboza, he was very nice to Michael Johnson. But I’m telling you something. One thing that Khabib is not gonna do, he’s not gonna be nice to Tony Ferguson. My prediction: Tony Ferguson will probably need to take two years off or maybe not come back after this fight.”
He was also quite repetitive with his mock concern for El Cucuy while talking about Khabib’s training with his father:
“The stuff they’re working on — they send me the video every night — f—king scary, man,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I’m concerned about Tony Ferguson, because I think Tony Ferguson is a nice guy.
“I’m concerned — again, one more time — I really mean it. I’m concerned with Tony Ferguson’s health. He will not be the same. He might not fight again.”