MIAMI – Ali Abdelaziz is one of the latest MMA figures to be targeted by Jake Paul.
The notable MMA manager, who works with fighters such as Kamaru Usman, was recently bad-mouthed by Paul, as Abdelaziz took to Twitter to go into the boxing realm to critique the lack of star power of Canelo Alvarez’s opponent Dmitry Bivol in their WBA light heavyweight title fight earlier in the month.
The YouTube superstar now turned boxer called Abdelaziz a “rat” and a “scumbag criminal” in front of the media for the Taylor-Serrano women’s title bout and also saved a few words for Twitter.
Abdelaziz didn’t take the insults kindly.
“I just tweeted something because I feel nobody know his (Canelo’s) opponent,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie. “His opponent is great and he (Bivol) beat him, but realistically, this business is about making money and he tried to dismiss Kamaru, but this fight week nobody know who Canelo is fighting. We shined light on him when Kamaru actually spoke. I’m nobody.
“You see Eddie Hearn talking sh*t. You this little punk, what’s his name, Jake Paul and his people. I’m going to deal with him too because he said some things. It’s funny because Jake Paul never said some things about me. But suddenly, he starts saying some things about me and I know where this is coming from. I’m going to tell you something, somebody is going to have to pay for what he said.”
Abdelaziz continued to question the reason he was targeted by Hearn and Paul, but believes it is because more people listen when the MMA world is brought up.
“He’s pimped, he’s a little prostitute,” Abdelaziz said about Paul. “… At the end of the day, they have to bring in MMA, they have to bring in UFC because they don’t get enough attention and they have to speak about us …. And honestly, I’m flattered. The whole press conference in Madison Square Garden, Eddie Hern talked about me, Jake talked about me – good or bad, they still talked about me.
“And most importantly, they talked about Kamaru … This little bitch Jake Paul, he has something coming from me. I promise. Him and who told him to talk about me.”
Abdelaziz had plenty of respect prior to the comments and said he was completely taken by surprise given he was one of Paul’s supporters in combat sports.
“I was shocked because I always praised the kid,” Abdelaziz said. “I said I wanted him to make money, that it’s great for the sport bringing a lot of attention to boxing and I don’t know. I understand where this comes from, I know who told him to say that and they’re going to pay because I was shocked, very shocked.
“Honestly, it upset me a little bit because I have nothing (to say), but great things about him and his brother. I like his brother and I like him. So why talk about me? I never said nothing about him. That’s it.”