Ali Abdelaziz: Nate deserves Usman fight, not Covington
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When Ali Abdelaziz is not managing juggernauts of the UFC, he is making headlines with his controversial statements.

Abdelaziz, who manages UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, feels that his fighter should have been scheduled to fight Nate “The Stockton Slugger” Diaz instead of Colby Covington.

The Nigerian Nightmare and Covington will meet in September for the rematch. In their first meeting at UFC 245, Usman clinched the fight in the fifth round via knockout.

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Commenting on Usman vs Covington 2, the champion’s manager did not mince his words.

“Why not Nate Diaz? Right? At least Nate brings something to the table. But Colby (Covington), the only thing Colby brings to the table is a broken jaw. Humiliating,” Abdel Aziz said in a recent interview.

Usman’s last title defence was against Jorge Masvidal in April. He knocked out the UFC journeyman with a stunning haymaker that sent him down to the canvas in seconds.

This was Usman’s fourth title defence in a row and 19th win of the pro MMA career.

Not only has the Nigerian nightmare been undefeated in the UFC, but he has also been out, defending his strap time and again since he snatched it from Tyron Woodley in March 2019.

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Abdelaziz has heaped praises on Usman, which the champ richly deserves for his scintillating run in the welterweight division.

“Hey, (Jorge) Masvidal didn’t deserve it too. But Masvidal, he brought something to the table. He brought entertainment. He brought excitement, you know. People believed Masvidal was one of the baddest dudes on the planet, right? But in reality, he was not,” the 43-year-old said.

“He got beat at his own game, knocked out cold. Slept. He was slept. And this is the fact. No disrespect to nobody. He still went out there, put on the show for the fans. Talked the talk. But guess what? Only one king walked the walk, and Kamaru Usman is the king this night.”

Aziz even took a jibe at his client’s next opponent in a Twitter post.

Why Covington got a rematch against Usman?

The primary reason Covington got another title shot without fighting a lot since his first loss to Usman is that UFC President Dana White wanted so.

White has made it clear several times how much he loved the first Usman vs Covington showdown.

On May 12, the UFC boss said: “[Usman] wanted to get together and talk… Usman vs Covington is one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen in my life. It is an incredible fight.”

On the flip side, Usman has not backed away from the fight, but he doesn’t feel like Chaos deserves to share the octagon against him.

“I’m not going to say I don’t want the fight. I want all the smoke, It doesn’t matter who it is. I want all the smoke. At the end of the day, it’s what have you done to earn this?“ the UFC champ questioned.

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