Las Vegas, NV — Dominance MMA president Ali Abdelaziz has one of the larger rosters when it comes to UFC talent, but he was in Las Vegas on Thursday for one reason. That was to induct his client and friend, Khabib Nurmagomedov, into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Nurmagomedov (29-0) retired in 2020 and was inducted into the Hall in 2022. Abdelaziz spoke with Cageside Press about inducting his friend.
“I always said I’m a servant for many masters. This moment is going to be tonight me inducting Khabib into the hall of fame. I think this is such a huge honor and I’m a little bit nervous about it, but I’m going to try to do the best I can to give him what he deserves,” he said.
With the roster Abdelaziz manages filled with champions and former champions one has to wonder what made Nurmagomedov so special to the Dominance MMA boss.
“(When) he came into my life I was lost. I’ve become a better person being around him. I owe so much to him, me my family, we owe a lot to him. He’s shown me a lot. He teach me a lot about life, and I’m grateful for him. He inspired whole generations of young Muslim men, unprivileged kids, and I look up to him,” Abdelaziz said.
“Many of these fighters here look up to him and respect him.”
Watch the entire interview from the 2022 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with Ali Abdelaziz above.