Ali Abdelaziz says he can't bear to watch Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes fight at UFC 238
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo will attempt to become the promotion’s fourth simultaneous two-division titleholder on June 8 when he meets Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight belt at UFC 238, and guess what MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz will be doing that night.
“I’m going to be home eating popcorn, watching these two men chase after a dream,” Abdelaziz said this week during an appearance on MMA Junkie Radio.
Wait. So this means Abdelaziz, who manages both fighters, won’t be sitting cageside to see one of his guys be crowned champion (or champ-champ)?
“Hell no,” he said. “You know why? Somebody’s going to lose, and I don’t want to look them in the eyes. When somebody loses, I want to be with them, I want to hold them, I want to do a lot of things to them. This is what I do. It’s going to be so hard for me. I will get emotional.”
It’s a unique situation for Abdelaziz, who heads Dominance MMA Management, one you’d think would be a win-win. But clearly he doesn’t see it that way.
Abdelaziz said nothing will change about how he interacts with each fighter in these final weeks leading up to the June 8 headliner at United Center in Chicago. He continues to talk with both of them equally and will continue to. It’s just that Abdelaziz doesn’t want to be there on fight night.
He’s too close to both guys.
“I know Henry for a long time. I know Marlon for a long time. I love both guys,” Abdelaziz said. “Forget about all this (expletive) they’re talking about, and Henry … they’re both such great guys. One of my favorite people to be around. Marlon Moraes is one of the funniest ever. Henry, you can’t just look at him and laugh.
“They’re two great men fighting for the biggest prizes they’ve ever had. They both have such a good contract. The UFC is taking care of them. They’re making money. Guess what? I’m out. I will not be in Chicago.”
To hear more from Abdelaziz on the matchup between his clients, watch the video above.
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