UFC News – Ali Abdelaziz wants Kamaru Usman to move up to middleweight
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Ali Abdelaziz wants his client Kamaru Usman to rise to the UFC middleweight division and fight for the title.
Abdelaziz, Dominance MMA CEO, said the only obstacle between Usman and a second title is his client’s friendship with reigning 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya. In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the combat sports manager said:
“Israel is his friend and everything, (but) I want to fight him to go to the middleweight division and fight for the middleweight title.”
However, Abdelaziz believes that personal relationships should not get in the way of producing blockbuster fights. The Egyptian-born businessman added:
“It doesn’t matter. I don’t want him to fight his friend, that’s what he believes in. But, you know, if they’re two good friends, Mike Tyson told me this, if we’re friends, let’s make some money, man, and after that, we can shake hands. But I respect their friendship. I’m never going to get in the way of that, but at the end of the day, if (Robert) Whittaker wins, Kamaru can go up and fight Whittaker, too. He’ll yell at Whittaker. “
Ali Abdelaziz maintained that he would respect Usman’s wishes to stay out of Adesanya’s path. However, he teased that a move to middleweight is still on the table if Robert Whittaker claims the ‘The Last Stylebender’ crown. Usman has repeatedly said in previous interviews that he has no intention of fighting his “brother” Adesanya.
Watch Ali Abdelaziz talk about Kamaru Usman’s possible move to middleweight below:
Ali Abdelaziz says Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez is another option for Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman recently hinted at a possible crossover fight with boxing superstar Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez. Speaking to The Schmo, the UFC welterweight champion revealed that his group is considering a mega showdown with Canelo along the same lines as 2017’s Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor.
For now, however, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is gearing up for his championship clash against Colby Covington at UFC 268. It will be a rematch of their UFC 245 title fight, which saw Usman retain the crown by technical knockout. in the fifth round. The pay-per-view event will take place on November 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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