Manager Explains Heated Moment Between Islam Makhachev And Dustin Poirier

Photo: Instagram/Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier, usually known for their respect, had a fiery faceoff before UFC 302. 

During Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, the tension rose when the two fighters exchanged heated words.

The clash began when Poirier predicted a knockout, telling Makhachev, “go to sleep, motherf*cker.” This didn’t sit well with Makhachev, who responded angrily, saying, “don’t say motherf*cker to me.” Security stepped in to separate them, but the damage was done.

Photo: Instagram/Islam Makhachev

Makhachev’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, explained the situation. “It was a misunderstanding,” he said. “In American culture, the MF word is common. But for Muslim or Russian guys, it’s almost like talking about their mother. Dustin didn’t mean it in a bad way, but it upset Islam.”

Despite the confrontation, Abdelaziz assured that there’s no lasting animosity. “Dustin is a good guy,” he added. “Khabib auctioned his shirt for $150,000 to donate to Dustin’s charity. If Dustin wasn’t a good person, Khabib wouldn’t have done that. Dustin is a good father and a good man.”

The heated moment has passed, and both fighters are now focused on their upcoming match.


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