Report: Police Witnessed Ali Abdelaziz Punch Abe Kawa


It was reported a few days back that a pair of managers in Ali Abdelaziz and Abe Kawa got into a physical confrontation backstage at PFL 7.

However, further details have now been released about the incident by MMA Junkie, with a big part of that story being that a pair of police officers working the PFL 7 event witnessed Abdelaziz strike Kawa.

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Leisette France, who is the fiancee of former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, witnessed the incident as well and gave a statement to the authorities.

PFL officials also released the following statement to MMA Junkie on the matter:

“The Professional Fighters League is aware of an incident that occurred Friday, October 11 backstage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center between MMA managers Ali Abdelaziz and Ibrahim Kawa. PFL understands that a police report has been filed by Mr. Kawa and is continuing to gather information.”

A copy of the police report has also been obtained by MMA Junkie, which can be read below:

“On October 11, 2019 at approximately 2126 Hours, I, Officer B. Redd P#16936 operating as marked and uniformed patrol unit MAN9 responded to a Battery in progress while working a special event at Mandalay Bay Event Center 3950 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Sgt. A Aguirre P#9645 and Sgt. K. Lorsen P#5746 while on post in the VIP section observed an unknown male later identified as ALAA R ABDELAZIZ, strike another male in his face with a closed fist.. The male identified as the victim identified himself via his Miami ID as Ibrahim Kawa [redacted]. Kawa stated while in the VIP area Aziz approached him stated he needed to speak with him and subsequently struck him in the face with a closed fist on the right side of his face for no reason. Once struck Officers and Mandalay Security immediately responded, and separated both parties. Sgt. Aguirre and Sgt Lorsen observed the incident in its entirety.

Leisette France corroborated the incident observed by officers.

Aziz did willfully and unlawfully use force and violence upon the person of another to wit Ibrahim Kawa by using his fist to hit said victim in the face and head area in the presence of a public officer.

Photos of Kawa’s injuries were taken and uploaded to OnBase.

Due to the above facts and circumstances, a battery occurring in officers presence Aziz was issued a citation and escorted off the premises.”

Other than Abdelaziz getting kicked out of the building and being issued a citation for allegedly striking Kawa, no other legal and/or other punishments have been given to the manager at this time. 

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