Shots have been fired. According to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, if Tony Ferguson is taken down during their April fight at UFC 223, he may never fight again.
Via MMA Fighting:
“I feel sorry for Tony Ferguson, because on April 7, Tony Ferguson is probably never gonna fight again,” Abel-Aziz said. “I’m concerned for his well-being, I’m serious. I’m not just saying that to promote a fight. I’m concerned for him. I’m hearing some reports — and I respect Eddie Bravo, he’s a legend — I’m hearing that he’d accept, he’d be more than happy for Khabib to take him down. And I’ll tell you something … he’s not gonna be a normal human being. He’ll be in trouble. Because if he accepts takedown from Khabib and he will take him down, he will disfigure his whole entire face.”
You have to respect the manager for having so much confidence in his guy. But at the same time, if you’re the guy who has to step in the octagon, when do you tell him to tone it down a bit?