Khabib Nurmagomedov and Ali Abdelaziz have been inseparable throughout the fighter’s careers. Ali is not only known as Khabib’s manager but takes place a special place in the Dagestani fighter’s life. However, not many of us know that Abdelaziz was not the first manager to sign Nurmagomedov. In his UFC Hall-of-Fame speech, the legendary lightweight paid special thanks to the manager to signed him to the UFC.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is recognized as the “Greatest lightweight of all time” by many who follow the sport. The Russian fighter took over the entire promotion with his dominant fighting style and being undefeated throughout his career. He has one of the biggest fanbases in the world even after his retirement in 2020.
UFC and fight fans should be thankful to manager Mike Constantino for giving the world arguably the greatest lightweight of all time. Khabib was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame and delivered one of the greatest speeches in the ceremony’s history. During his speech, he thanked Mike for helping a Dagestani fighter sign with the biggest MMA promotion in the world.
Mike Constantino thanks Khabib Nurmagomedov for mentioning him in the Hall of fame speech
“Thank you so much who signed me in the UFC. It was not Ali [Abdelaziz]. It was a different management company. It was Mike Constantino, it was Sam Carden, it was Murad Keshto, it was Eldar, they helped me,” said Khabib in his speech. The fighter did not fail to acknowledge the efforts of his friends from the past.
“They was a very big part of this signing, you know? I was just training. They doing other stuff, you know? They was doing other stuff and I don’t wanna forget them,” said Nurmagomedov. Yesterday, Mike Constantino the founder of AMA fight club responded to Khabib mentioning his name in a tweet.