The new UFC lightweight champion is expected to be the man to welcome McGregor back to the Octagon, which he hasn’t graced in over 20 months.
The Dagestan native recently claimed negotiations over his grudge match with his predecessor at the summit of the lightweight division are underway, though that notion has been repeatedly dismissed by UFC president Dana White.
And according to Abdelaziz, none of the UFC chiefs – including White – have reached out to him about making the biggest fight in the promotion’s history.
“To be honest, man, we’re training,” Abdelaziz said during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
“We’re getting ready for somebody. Conor has some legal problems.
“He has a boss, he works for a boss and I haven’t heard anything from his boss.
“Conor’s boss has not called me, has not talked to me and has not asked me about anything.
“I said, Conor’s boss has not called me and has not asked about anything yet.
“Do you know who’s Conor’s boss, right? Conor is the number one b***h for Dana White. He writes his paycheques. He’s his boss.”
It would come as a huge surprise if Nurmagomedov vs McGregor fails to come to fruition, especially given the bad blood between both men and their respective camps.
Nurmagomedov’s head coach Javier Mendez agrees with that notion, telling Express Sport: “It’s not going to surprise me if it happens in September, October, November or December.
“What will surprise me is if it happens next year. That would be a surprise. That I’m not expecting.
“If he’s going to fight Conor, I’m expecting it this year.”
McGregor, 30, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since claiming the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the promotion’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.
He was relieved of the 155lbs crown in April due to inactivity, which paved the way for Nurmagomedov to claim the belt in the main event of UFC 223 with a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta.
Nurmagomedov is keen to face McGregor in his first outing as lightweight champion and has already begun training for his maiden title defence.