https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019...e=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=home-hero “I don’t have anything against anybody,” said Alex Davis, a veteran manager who’s also penned columns on the MMA industry for MMA Junkie. “I just want my fighters to have a fair chance.” Davis, however, claims Abdelaziz has acted unethically in support of his goals. He claims he’s attempted to place his fighters in the PFL and gotten no response, only to have Abdelaziz or Dominance company reps approach them promising a contract if they sign a management deal. He said he brought the matter to the attention of PFL executives. As recently as this past month, Davis claims Abdelaziz approached top-ranked bantamweight John Lineker, who was recently released by the UFC, after he’d reached out to PFL matchmakers to no response. “Ali’s conversation is, ‘If you want to do good in PFL and make money, you need to sign with Ali,'” Davis said. - Rubenstein said PFL, rebranded from WSOF in 2017 under a new group of investors, said it was “very glaringly obvious” certain managers have been favored over others throughout two seasons in business. But he applauded the promotion for trying to change its culture. Rubenstein is hopeful the new direction leads to more opportunities for his clients. “I think they’re smart enough to realize there’s a perception out there,” Rubenstein said. “If they continue down the path, you will see a completely different roster next season.” - With Season 2 underway, Abdelaziz is said to have a direct or indirect interest in 50 percent of the fighters that have been recruited, according one estimate within the promotion. Asked whether such a share is limiting opportunities for others, Murray said he couldn’t speak to that.