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Midnight Mania! Gilbert Burns loses $50k bet on UFC 280 to manager Ali Abdelaziz

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MMA fighters and betting is a hot topic at the moment. Until quite recently, fighters could — and often did — openly bet on themselves or their team mates, occasionally with disastrous results. Retired UFC fighter and current Glory MMA head coach James Krause even started selling his betting selections due to all his success!

As a result of that publicity and the general legal murkiness of it all, UFC recently banned athletes from betting in its official Code of Conduct agreement. However, maybe that’s only true on the official sports books, because the recent ban didn’t stop Welterweight contender from gambling on Twitter with manager Ali Abdelaziz.

The reasoning here is simple. UFC 280 pit Burns’ friend and fellow Brazilian, Charles Oliveira, against Abdelaziz’s client, Islam Makhachev, in the main event. Burns backed his boy online, and when called out by Abdelaziz, “Durinho” put his money where his mouth is. Or at least, he offered to, although Abdelaziz didn’t exactly accept.

UFC 280 concluded on Saturday, and Makhachev was named champion following a clean second-round submission win over “Do Bronx” (HIGHLIGHTS). After the outcome, Abdelaziz followed up on Twitter. Burns proved himself a man of his word — even on an unconfirmed bet? — and paid quickly.

Fortunately, Abdelaziz proved a good sport and didn’t seem to actually want Burns’ money. He replied to the Brazilian, “keep your money” and “Brother Muslim can’t beat [sic] you know this.” Given Abdelaziz just added another champion to his extensive roster of clients, the Dominance MMA Management CEO likely can do without Burns’ cash!


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