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Ali Abdelaziz represents quite a few of the sport’s biggest stars, a massive roster which includes names like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Frankie Edgar, and Cody Garbrandt. However, Abdelaziz seems to get himself into more trouble than the rest of them combined, as the controversial manager cannot help but get into altercations with professional fighters.
Despite already facing a battery charge in Las Vegas for ganging up on Colby Covington with Kamaru Usman at his side in a buffet line, Abdelaziz has continued pushing the limits. Last Friday night (Oct. 11, 2019), Abdelaziz got into an altercation of some kind with fellow manager Abe Kawa (brother of Malki Kawa). He also had to be separated from former UFC Lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, one of Kawa’s athletes.
Today, MMAFighting.com released further information on the altercation, which included a police report that noted witnesses seeing Abdelaziz hit a man “in his face with a closed fist.” Kawa later identified himself as the victim and confirmed the report, saying he merely went to talk to Abdelaziz, who “subsequently struck him in the face with a closed fist on the right side of his face for no reason.”
As a result, Abdelaziz was cited with battery and removed from the event. Considering all the scrutiny Abdelaziz faces due to his background and relationship with the highly dangerous Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, one would expect Abdelaziz to lay low and avoid situations like these.
UFC “Tampa” Thrill and Agony (Instagram edition):
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Hello everyone just a quick check in. Took the day to be with my family and my thoughts. Not gonna lie, I'm sad and that's ok. It's all good. Just a couple of black eyes... We prepared for victory but that's the fight game. Yesterday wasn't my night. As in life when things don't go our way we say to ourselves "if only" or "what if this, and what if that".. I'm there right now and I could replay the fight in my mind a million times, but the moment has passed and moving forward is the only direction we go. I have so many things to be grateful for. My husband, my daughter, my family, my friends, my coaches, my teammates, my fans all around ther world, and this beautiful life! Thank you for all the love and energy you give me. It's a game of inches and I will be back. Thank you @joannajedrzejczyk for sharing the octagon with me and congratulations on your victory. @joshuagomeznm #ufctampa #momchamp
Israel Adesanya’s title-winning performance was really a work of art.
This looks absolutely exhausting (and for the record, the river is clearly winning).
A brief bit of info regarding Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s foot: foot swelling is extremely common after a fight. Few fighters can hope to match Jedrezjczyk’s volume, and while she’s an accurate kicker, even one check can cause damage like this. In fact, even simply hitting an elbow/hip/knee unintentionally can produce such an injury. It’s easy to forget, but hands and feet are actually terrible weapons!
This is how @joannamma’s right foot looks a day after her win last night. She is currently awaiting X-Ray results on both feet, her team tells me. The belief is she injured her right foot by the third round. pic.twitter.com/8wK65VIDqm— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 13, 2019
Apparently former UFC Flyweight contender John Moraga is a boxer now!
John Moraga is boxing now and he did this in his first boxing match since 2012 oh my pic.twitter.com/gLTpVFW8CK— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) October 13, 2019
“Platinum” vs. Robbie Lawler is a gift to the MMA world, even if Mike Perry’s career could really use a few easier opponents to improve his overall skill set.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I have 10 years of experience in jiu-jitsu, but I had never previously seen the “Buggy choke” that Luis Pena attempted against Matt Frevola over the weekend. It looked to me like “Violent Bob Ross” came pretty close, but here’s a completely successful example below. There’s always more to learn!
10.01.2018— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 12, 2019
Gabriel Manuca def. Sebastian Bradiceanu - Buggy Choke - RXF 31 pic.twitter.com/LMLyM3tLF9
Tofiq Musayev picked up another win in Rizin over the weekend, and that dude is the real deal. He visits Team Alpha Male to train, and I have to say, the combination of ripped muscles and great skill paired with a vaguely 2011 Justin Bieber-esque haircut is distinctly intimidating in person.
Tofiq Musayev (16-3) proves he's one of the LW tourney's top threats, eviscerating Damien Brown and advancing with a first-round TKO! The Azerbaijani rides a 12-fight tear with 11 knockouts. He has stopped 15, 13 by knockout, and 11 in round one. #RIZIN19 #RIZINFF #RIZIN2019 pic.twitter.com/LZ3SMrG1NY— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) October 12, 2019
It’s a lot easier to punish bad takedown attempts when knees to a downed opponent are legal.
On a high off of upsetting Kyoji Horiguchi, Kai Asakura (@kai_1031_) soars with a sub-minute jaw jacking of Ulka Sasaki! Now 14-1, the former OUTSIDER champ rides a six-fight tear. He has stopped 11, nine apiece in round one and by knockout. #RIZIN19 #RIZINFF #RIZIN2019 pic.twitter.com/eHPKapnPzK— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) October 12, 2019
I seriously love this artist but not as much as I love cereal. Win-win!
Midnight Music: The day David Bowie died, I was flying alone returning from my hometown in New Jersey to Sacramento. It was then that I had the idea to dedicate a limb to tattoos relating to different bands and music. Though I’ve yet to add an homage for Ziggy Stardust himself, it will eventually happen.
More to the point, “Soul Love” popped up on my Discover Weekly playlist while writing, and that’s a jam!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.