PFL have confirmed to ESPN that Ali Abdelaziz has been banned from PFL events following on from his recent altercation with fellow MMA manager Abraham Kawa.
The altercation happened at the PFL show on October 11th where Abdelaziz was reported to have approached Kawa and threw a strike at him unprovoked. The PFL were made aware of the incident and have since released the following statement:
“At league direction, Ali Abdelaziz will not be attending upcoming postseason events. Given the fact this is a legal matter, the league has no further comment at this time.”
The incident has been deemed a legal matter by the PFL as Abdelaziz has been cited for battery. Kawa has also given his account of the event to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where he says that Abdelaziz attacked him for no reason. One of Kawa’s clients, Anthony Pettis, concurred with this saying Abdelaziz slapped him “like a bitch” and “was gone in 15 seconds”.
Abdelaziz has confirmed he will be cooperating with the request of the PFL for him not to appear at their upcoming events stating that he does not want to draw attention as the focus should be on his clients, the fighters.
“I spoke to PFL executives earlier this week and I don’t want this story to be about me. The focus should be on my athletes in the PFL. I have 10 athletes fighting on Thursday and we made sure everybody made weight and has everything they need. I continue to support my athletes.”
This is the second battery related incident Abdelaziz is facing after a charge was filed for battery against the Dominance MMA founder earlier this year after an altercation with Colby Covington