In the build-up to his eagerly-anticipated grudge match with Nurmagomedov, his successor at the summit of the lightweight division, McGregor repeatedly took aim at Abdelaziz.

‘The Notorious’ sounded off on Abdelaziz after the first UFC 229 pre-fight press conference when the Egyptian questioned why the former 155lbs champion was carrying two belts with him.

“Shut your mouth, Ali Abdelaziz! Mad terrorist! You terrorist snitch!” . “I know a lot about you as well you mad rat.

“I know a lot about you as well How’s Noah? (Abdelaziz’s estranged son) How’s Noah?

“Shut your mouth. Never speak about me. Never in your life.

“Watch yourself around me because you’ll be out of here quick. F**k you. Fool.”

Abdelaziz hasn’t forgotten about McGregor’s antics before his and has promised to make him pay for them if he comes face-to-face with the Irishman.

“All this talk they did, they didn’t back it up inside the cage and they didn’t back it up outside the cage,” Abdelaziz said during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

“He’s calling people a ‘Muslim rat’ and I denied it, of course, I denied it, but guess what? He said this on Instagram and Twitter throughout the week.

“He’s one motherf***er, that if I see him, I promise you, I’m going to smack him.”

Nurmagomedov’s emphatic win over McGregor has made him a global superstar, with the Dagestan native’s social media following exploding after his career-defining victory.

Abdelaziz believes ‘The Eagle’s’ star is burning brighter than McGregor’s, adding: “Conor McGregor is a world champion, he’s the double champ, everybody’s sucking his blood but it’s not him.

“Now the world has changed. You see Khabib going to meet the president (Recep) Erdogan [Turkish president].

“He’s going to Abu Dhabi to meet all these great sheiks, he’s going to Morocco to meet the king of Morocco and you got a guy driving a truck selling liquors.”

Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor are currently awaiting punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their actions in the mass brawl which followed 229’s main event, a melee which was sparked by the former scaling the Octagon and attempting to dropkick the latter’s training partner Dillon Danis.

The pair, both 30, have been handed temporary suspensions and are due to appear before the commission on December 10.

The undefeated Nurmagomedov doesn’t plan on attending the hearing, though, telling BeIN Sports Turkey: “I’m not going to Vegas for the court.

“I am not guilty. I just defended my family and my religion.

“If they want to punish me, they can get all the money I earn.

“They can give me 10 years ban. I don’t care.”

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