ONE Championship has partnered with Dominance MMA Management to bring martial arts fans an even deeper level of talent to the global stage.
Ali Abdelaziz, CEO of the USA’s number one sports agency for mixed martial artists, is ecstatic to be working with the promotion.
“I’ve been following ONE since day one,” Abdelaziz said. “ONE really brought something different in my eyes.
“It’s not just a fight show – it’s a spectacle.”
Abdelaziz’s relationship with ONE blossomed through the help of a mutual friend that he and ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong share.
“Chatri and I have a common friend, Master Renzo Gracie,” Abdelaziz said. “Master Renzo has been a great ambassador for ONE Championship.
“Chatri is one of the smartest minds I have come across in the sport. He is a true martial artist and gentleman, and I am really excited to work with ONE.”
Now that the Dominance MMA Management CEO will be working with ONE, and because he manages former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight World Champion Henry Cejudo, the big question is: Will fans see a rubber match between Cejudo and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson?
“Never say never,” Abdelaziz said. “Things might happen. You never know what the future can hold. Now I am involved – in the past, I made stuff that was not possible happen.
“I have great relationships with the UFC and ONE Championship. They are both great promotions. I’m sure we can figure something out one day. Maybe not now, but one day.”
In the meantime, Abdelaziz has a few other athletes who are ready to step into the Circle and continue their dominant streak on new soil.
“About 7 or 8 years ago, I had a guy named Rustam Khabilov. He went on to beat Jorge Masvidal and had a huge UFC run. When he heard I’m working with ONE, he called me. He said he would like to retire in ONE Championship,” Abdelaziz continued.
“Also, Khabib’s younger brother, Osman Nurmagomedov, who is 9-0 and one of the best prospects in the world, called me. Even me and Khabib talked about having him – after his next fight – join ONE.”
The potential match-ups that could unfold in the Circle because of the partnership are enticing, and the long-time mixed martial arts manager can’t wait to make good on his promises.
“I’m excited about the relationship with ONE Championship. ONE is the most beautiful garage in the world, and I am the best mechanic in the world, and I got nothing on my truck but Ferraris and Lamborghinis. And this year and next year, I’ll be flooding the streets of Asia and ONE with nothing but Ferraris and Lamborghinis,” he said.
“Some of the best fighters will come and show why we are doing this amazing partnership and why they are fighting in ONE Championship. It’s going to be nothing but first-class, and it’s going to be spectacular. Everyone is going to be happy. It will be great for the sport and the fighters. The fighters always come first in my heart and that is how I feel ONE treats their fighters.”
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