UFC star Kamaru Usman has explained why he’s not interested in the prospect of fighting Conor McGregor.
Conor has toyed with the idea of going after a third UFC belt in a third weight class before. However, those thoughts appeared to intensify in the wake of Kamaru Usman’s knockout win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.
While many chose to focus on the rise of Usman as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the sport, McGregor took to Twitter and accused him of “copying” his shots.
Usman even copying my shots now. Am I to fight this guy at some stage?— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2021
I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon. pic.twitter.com/FEQgj9AsAy
Usman, as you can probably imagine, promptly responded.
Except when I touch you at 170, they go out. They don’t even go out at 155 anymore for you. I finish people. You get finished. https://t.co/URd8wTHvyZ— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 26, 2021
I offered you the fight and you went missing. Let’s stay humble young man. I already took your pride. Don’t make me take your whiskey too 😉 https://t.co/pHjquMBEuv— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 26, 2021
The prospect of McGregor meeting ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was discussed in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, where Usman played down the Irishman’s chances of securing a bout with him.
“At the end of the day, Conor hasn’t shown me anything either,” Usman explained.
“He’s fought once in the last year and a half and that didn’t end very well for him. And that was against a 155lber. He got put out by a 155lber, which big props to Dustin, I think Dustin is a savage.
“But he got finished by a lightweight. I mean, imagine what I would do to him. I might take his life in there.
“So he needs to show me something as well because the only reason that there’s any type of talk right now on social media is because that’s what Conor does now.
“Conor and his little posse are the kings of clout-chasing so as soon as someone does something that’s incredible that might make their light dwindle because someone else is elevated, they try to attack on social media just to create a buzz and get people talking.
“But Conor knows he doesn’t want to fight me. I’m not going to waste my time with him.”
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