“Hey crackhead,” Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager throws shade at Conor McGregor as Islam Makhachev dethrones Jon Jones for P4P crown

Ali Abdelaziz, Islam Makhachev's manager, pokes fun at Conor McGregor on X now that Islam is the top pound-for-pound fighter.

“Hey crackhead,” Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager throws shade at Conor McGregor as Islam Makhachev dethrones Jon Jones for P4P crown

Khabib Nurmagomedov, , Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev (via X)

A long-standing feud has simmered between Ali Abdelaziz and Conor McGregor. This animosity traces its origins back to the incredible clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The hostilities escalated as McGregor not only targeted Khabib but also those in his orbit, including Abdelaziz.


Conor McGregor, often hailed as ‘The Notorious,’ held nothing back in his verbal assault, even leveling accusations that Abdelaziz had abandoned his son, Noah, in the past. These words left lasting scars. Recently, the 45-year-old reignited the rivalry by targeting Conor McGregor on social media.

He shared an image featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev, both clients of his management. Alongside the picture, Abdelaziz’s provocative message aimed directly at McGregor.

@TheNotoriousMMA hey crackhead, how do you like this?
Ali Abdelaziz

What makes this taunt particularly piercing is the caption Abdelaziz provided on his Instagram. He proudly proclaimed, “2 PoundForPound Kings from Dagestan”. This was a not-so-subtle reminder that both Islam and Khabib have held the prestigious Pound for Pound #1 position in their careers. However, this is a title that has eluded McGregor.


Following Islam Makhachev’s spectacular knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski, many anticipated he would surpass Jon Jones in the pound-for-pound rankings. However, despite this impressive feat, Jones remained at the number one spot. However, Jones’ fortune took a turn for the worse when an injury compelled him to withdraw from his UFC 295 title bout against Stipe Miocic.

In the latest update to the Pound for Pound rankings, the balance of power shifted. Islam Makhachev now reigns as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter, a fact that Abdelaziz didn’t waste any time in showcasing.

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Javier Mendez does not think Conor McGregor is an impactful fight for Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev‘s coach Javier Mendez found himself contemplating the prospect of a showdown with Conor McGregor. Daniel Cormier saw it as a logical fight choice and said it was a match that “makes all the sense in the world”. Nevertheless, Mendez is uncertain about the impact this potential fight might have on Makhachev’s legacy.

Islam Makhachev Conor McGregor
Javier Mendez is not keen on Conor McGregor vs. Islam Makhachev ( Image via Imago )

In an interview with Red Corner MMA, Mendez acknowledged the intrigue surrounding the bout between Islam Makhachev and Conor McGregor. He emphasized the opportunity for Makhachev to continue what Khabib Nurmagomedov left unfinished, viewing it as a captivating endeavor. He also highlighted the financial allure of this potential fight.

I see that as a fight that would be interesting for Islam…He gets to come back and get on the same journey that Khabib did. It’s a great payday for Islam. I think it’s great if Islam wants it…
Javier Mendez

However, Mendez deemed that striving for the welterweight title could be a more effective means of crafting Islam’s desired legacy. He was convinced that defeating Conor McGregor might not contribute significantly to the type of legacy Makhachev wanted. Interestingly, Mendez noted that there have not been any discussions or considerations regarding this potential matchup.

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