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Tony Ferguson slams Ali Abdelaziz after the manager offers him $200k to fight Islam

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The UFC had notably booked the Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight on multiple occasions however said fight fell apart every single time. Ferguson subsequently faced Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 in May of this year, with the latter ending up scoring what many consider to be an upset victory over Ferguson.


With Tony Ferguson presently finding himself a win or two away from title contention, he’s been considerably vocal about procuring a fight booking for himself at the earliest.

Ali Abdelaziz – an MMA manager best known for managing Khabib Nurmagomedov, apart from several other top-tier fighters – has for long been engaged in a war of words against his client Nurmagomedov’s archrival Tony.

Additionally, Abdelaziz also manages one of Nurmagomedov’s training partners Islam Makhachev.

Makhachev, who’s an up-and-coming talent in the UFC Lightweight division, was set to compete in the biggest fight of his career thus far against former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.


Dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19 and was coerced to withdraw from his fight against Makhachev, owing to which the latter’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has been attempting to find a replacement opponent who’d fight Makhachev at UFC 254.

Tony Ferguson vs Islam Makhachev ?

On that note, Abdelaziz recently took to his official social media account and put forth a tweet whereby he offered Tony Ferguson the opportunity to face Makhachev at UFC 254.


Ferguson, on his part, has been challenging several fighters including Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight him; as the former has consistently expressed his desire to return to the Octagon and work his way back to a shot at the UFC Lightweight Title.

Responding to Abdelaziz’s initial offer to fight Makhachev at UFC 254, Tony notably stated – “where’s my $200k and 20 push-ups?”

Abdelaziz reverted to Tony and has now claimed that he’ll pay Ferguson $100,000 to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 254, and if Ferguson were to win that fight, he’d pay him another $100,000.

The veteran lightweight in Tony wasn’t having anything of Khabib’s offer, and he pushed back on the same. Moreover, it’s clear that ‘El Cucuy’ has viewed the ‘fight offer’ as a bribe and has dismissed it altogether. Chiefly, he views it as a clear attempt by Khabib to secure his teammate with a chance to leapfrog through the rankings.

Who do you think Tony should fight next ?

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