Khabib's Manager Thinks Conor McGregor Has Gone For 'Easy' UFC Return
Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager has slammed Conor McGregor for picking an 'easy' return to the UFC.
Ali Abdelaziz took to Instagram to slam McGregor for choosing to fight Donald Cerrone over Justin Gaethje.
He posted an image on Instagram labeling 'The Cowboy' as an 'easy' option.
View this post on InstagramI'm happy for cowboy he got the fight. I still believe he is gonna win but @justin_gaethje was the fight to take if you want to fight for a LW title. When you fight Justin it's kill or be killed and he knows it but it's all good.
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"I'm happy for cowboy he got the fight. I still believe he (McGregor) is gonna win but @justin_gaethje was the fight to take if you want to fight for a LW title. When you fight Justin it's kill or be killed and he knows it but it's all good."
He also attached an image showing Cerrone labelled as 'easy' while 'Gaethje' has a 'hard' tag.
It's very clear that the 41-year-old thinks McGregor is taking a lax approach to his octagon return.
Gaethje defeated Cerrone at UFC Fight Night in September so an argument could be make that the former 'Champ-Champ' should have taken on the winner.
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- MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 15, 2019
Ironically, McGregor was set to make his UFC return in July of this year and he would have been facing Gaethje.
But 'The Notorious' broke his hand in a sparring session and set his comeback fight further back.
His match with Cerrone is set for UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas and it'll be his first fight since losing to Khabib in October 2018.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on Thursday and state the fight will take place in the welterweight class.
Breaking: Per Dana White (@danawhite), Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) has signed to face Donald Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, at welterweight.
"Conor has signed and Cerrone is ready to go."
- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 28, 2019
Cerrone will be no slouch for the Irishman though, despite Abelaziz's criticism.
The 36-year-old has lost his last two fights but will be keen to make an impression against one of UFC's biggest stars.
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