Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz believes Conor McGregor needs to ‘sort his life’ and end his fighting career after his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager has warned Conor McGregor to ‘sort his life’ and retire from fighting.
The Irishman tasted a second defeat to Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas at UFC 264, after suffering a broken leg injury and being forced to retire in the opening round of the contest.
And when asked about the possibility of a rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, Ali Abdelaziz labelled McGregor as ‘not even a high level-fighter’ immediately dismissing links between the pair.
“Brother, Conor is not even a high-level fighter anymore. He likes drugs again. He needs to go to rehab and work on his life. He doesn’t need to fight anymore,” Abdelaziz told ES News.
The Russian recorded a submission victory over McGregor in a heated contest when the pair fought back at UFC 229 in 2018, which descended into chaos after the referee stopped the fight with exchanges between both teams after the final bell.
He has since retired from the sport as an undefeated lightweight champion, bowing out with another successful defence against Justin Gaethje on Fight Island in 2020, and has frequently ruled out a return to action in the near future as he spends time with his family.
And UFC pundit and podcaster Joe Rogan has since broke down the choke hold that Nurmagomedov used to record his most famous victory against the Irish superstar and keep his status propelling to the top as one of the best lightweight’s to ever grace the division.
“That thing he [Khabib] did to Conor was so nasty, too, because he wasn’t even under the chin,” Rogan explained on the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
“It’s called a fulcrum choke. Dean Lister explained it.
“After the fight was over, he did a thing on his Instagram page where he explained the technique. It’s not a move that I’ve ever used.”
“Khabib is going across the jaw and then he’s putting his forearm behind your back.
“So as he’s gripping, he’s got your head wrapped up in his arm and this (the forearm) pressing against your back and he uses that as a lever.
“So he’s using the elbow as a fulcrum to crank your neck and you see Conor at the end of the fight.”
His controversial actions have been notified by several people in the sport, including former UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier who revealed Nurmagomedov had ‘no choice but to shrug off’ the comments.
The UFC have also considered handing the 33-year-old a disciplinary punishment after he went on a threatening outburst towards Poirier and his wife after their third bout, with the superstar already set to face a period out of action after requiring surgery on his injury.
However McGregor’s comeback is set to be made sooner than expected, as he will face impressionist Al Foran in a wheelchair boxing match to raise money for the Irish Wheelchair Association that is set to take place in September.