Ali Abdelaziz believes Conor McGregor retiring earlier this month was nothing more than a desperate plea for attention and a bid to stay relevant.
The renowned MMA manager roasted McGregor after the Irishman [allegedly] tried to steal the spotlight from women’s MMA GOAT Amanda Nunes following her successful featherweight title defense against Felicia Spencer in the UFC 250 main event.
“Same old prostitute, he wants attention,” Abdelaziz, who manages the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kamaru Usman, said of McGregor. “He robbed poor Amanda Nunes out of her moment. Stop it.”
Abdelaziz would like to see McGregor come of retirement and earn his rematch with Khabib by facing either Tony Ferguson or Jorge Masvidal.
“Right now, he’s on punishment for his bad behavior,” Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports in a recent interview “Right now, he needs to sit down. Go fight Tony Ferguson, stay busy, stay active. Go fight Jorge Masvidal. Stay active, I want to see activity. Remember, he used to say that to all of us? Guess what? Payback is a bitch.”
“A lot of good business done is off Conor,” Abdelaziz admitted. “But UFC doesn’t stop without Conor, we don’t stop without Conor. Will Khabib fight him? He can forget about it. I don’t think Khabib will fight him. Will Gaethje fight him? I don’t know. Maybe. But at the end of the day, I would like to see Conor fight one more fight before he gets a title shot. I would like to see him fight Tony Ferguson. I think that’s the fight a lot of people ... it’s a good fight. They have histories, and I think they should fight to see who is the number one contender.”
McGregor, who will turn 32 next month, last fought at UFC 246, where he disposed of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in the UFC 246 main event.