On the night of UFC 268, Justin Gaethje defeated Michael Chandler in a fight that will likely win Fight of the Year. For most people, this was enough to declare Justin Gaethje next in line to fight for the title. However, not everybody was convinced. Khabib Nurmagomedov left a comment on ESPN MMA’s Instagram page saying it should actually be Islam Makhachev fighting for the title next, and he wasn’t particularly nice about it.
Justin Gaethje responded to this over Twitter, saying “I honestly do not believe @TeamKhabib is the one saying this stuff. He got someone else running that sh*t or something.”
By implying that Khabib was not the one tweeting from his own account, Gaethje may have just implied his own manager, Ali Abdelaziz, could be the one with negative things to say about him and his UFC run. Kamaru Usman also seemed to imply Gaethje was not tweeting from his own account when he posted a tweet telling both Khabib and Justin to get their passwords back.
The ironic thing about the Usman tweet is that he often posts questionable tweets himself, and went on to trash talk Conor McGregor right after this. Out of all of Ali’s clients, you could look to Usman’s Twitter account specifically as the one Ali likes to use the most.
All of Ali’s clients get accused of handing their Twitter passwords over at one point or another. Most fighters deny these allegations and realistically Ali probably isn’t actually tweeting from their accounts. That is more than likely the root of Usman’s “get your passwords back tweet” as many of the fighters signed to Abdelaziz have bought into the joke. Gilbert Burns notably jokes about this all the time due to the Twitter world replying “Hey Ali” to the bulk of his tweets. Some people look to Marvin Vettori’s quote before his fight with Costa when he said “I’m not on social media,” even though he has an active Twitter account. Whatever he meant by that it was misinterpreted, because Vettori tweets during fight cards like a fan. Remain open to the possibility that Ali is quietly running the show, but don’t buy into the conspiracy too soon.
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