Midnight Mania! Manager Ali Abdelaziz Faces Battery Charges After PFL Incident

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Ali Abdelaziz represents quite a few of the sport’s biggest stars, a massive roster which includes names like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Frankie Edgar, and Cody Garbrandt. However, Abdelaziz seems to get himself into more trouble than the rest of them combined, as the controversial manager cannot help but get into altercations with professional fighters.

Despite already facing a battery charge in Las Vegas for ganging up on Colby Covington with Kamaru Usman at his side in a buffet line, Abdelaziz has continued pushing the limits. Last Friday night (Oct. 11, 2019), Abdelaziz got into an altercation of some kind with fellow manager Malki Kawa. He also had to be separated from former UFC Lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, one of Kawa’s athletes.

Today, MMAFighting.com released further information on the altercation, which included a police report that noted witnesses seeing Abdelaziz hit a man “in his face with a closed fist.” Kawa later identified himself as the victim and confirmed the report, saying he merely went to talk to Abdelaziz, who “subsequently struck him in the face with a closed fist on the right side of his face for no reason.”

As a result, Abdelaziz was cited with battery and removed from the event. Considering all the scrutiny Abdelaziz faces due to his background and relationship with the highly dangerous Russian dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, one would expect Abdelaziz to lay low and avoid situations like these.


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