Ali Abdelaziz, the manager for UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, criticized what he believed to be the hypocrisy of Conor McGregor during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
McGregor has issued a public service announcement telling fans to stay indoors to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, that came after McGregor said he Nurmagomedov was "chickening out" by pulling out of UFC 249 over fears about the pandemic.
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The fact of this matter is, both Tony and Khabib where engaged in a game of chicken here towards the fight bell. With Khabib chickening out first. Making it 3-2 in pullouts in Tony’s favour. Khab scurried out of the U.S to home, and amid the crisis. Very high risk. Congrats Tony.
The comments didn't sit well with Abdelaziz.
"[Conor is not] No. 1, he's not No. 2, he's not No. 3," he said to TMZ Sports. "It's Khabib, Justin, Tony. He's No. 4. He's not even in the conversation right now. He's just like a jealous prostitute, she's got too old for her to make money."
There's obviously no love lost between McGregor and Nurmagomedov. At UFC 223 media day in April 2018, McGregor attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov, as well as other fighters, after Nurmagomedov confronted McGregor's training partner Artem Lobov in a hotel lobby earlier in the week.
The attack injured some of the fighters and forced multiple bouts to be called off, and McGregor was charged with felony assault and criminal mischief. He later reached a plea deal and served five days of community service and was required to undergo an anger management assessment.
They finally crossed paths in the Octagon at UFC 229 in October 2018, with Khabib earning a fourth-round submission victory.
After the fight, members from both camps began brawling, which led to a six-month suspension for McGregor and a nine-month ban for Nurmagomedov.
McGregor told reporters in January he expects to have a rematch down the road. In an interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Khabib said he expected to receive a call from UFC president Dana White about the idea once UFC 249 was over:
Even if a return bout failed to hit those numbers, it would unquestionably be a huge moneymaker for UFC. Abdelaziz's trash talk underscores how easily the promotion could hype up McGregor-Nurmagomedov 2 should the fighters agree to another fight.