Kamaru Usman was in no temper to entertain Conor McGregor’s perception that he’ll return to the octagon and take his welterweight crown.
In a Twitter Q&A, the Irishman, at the moment sidelined with a leg harm, was requested ‘What’s it wish to spark individuals unconscious in three totally different weight divisions?’ McGregor took that as a possibility to say he would knock out Usman.
This is able to imply McGregor turning into a champion in featherweight, light-weight and welterweight.
No fighter has ever held a belt in three weight divisions within the UFC, however Usman is a tall order for anybody to beat.
The Nigerian Nightmare is arguably the most effective pound-for-pound fighter within the UFC proper now and he was eager to remind the world of this.
“You should be speaking about that pipe you’ve been smoking,” he tweeted.
“In contrast to you, if I’m gonna discuss s***, I’ll @ you. Now be quiet earlier than I name [Dustin] Poirier or Khabib [Nurmagomedov] or [Nate] Diaz to complete you once more,” signing off by calling himself the ‘pound-for-pound’ king.
Usman is referencing the 3 times McGregor has been completed in UFC.
He was submitted by Diaz throughout their first encounter in 2016, then by Khabib throughout UFC’s most-bought present ever in 2018 earlier than struggling two knockout losses to Poirier this 12 months.
In equity, the second loss got here by means of a freak damaged leg.
Even through the pandemic, although, Usman has remained lively and has defended the welterweight crown 4 instances up to now two years, final knocking out Jorge Masvidal.
McGregor is focusing on a comeback in July 2022. UFC president Dana White has prompt that The Infamous would get a fourth crack at Poirier when he does return, however The Diamond may even be the UFC light-weight champion by then as he faces title-holder Charles Oliviera subsequent.
Whilst you can by no means depend out a history-maker like McGregor, the 33-year-old has only one win up to now 5 years since turning into double champion. Though, that was towards Donald Cerrone at 170lbs.
McGregor is such a giant star and field workplace attraction that he can stroll into nearly any combat he desires in UFC, however Usman isn’t a terrific matchup for anybody, not to mention McGregor.
Usman is without doubt one of the most achieved grapplers within the UFC as we speak, has uncooked energy in his arms whether or not hanging or grabbing and has an iron chin. Grapplers aren’t the most effective transfer for McGregor traditionally, and this one can actually punch, too.
However, what number of pay-per-view buys would McGregor making an attempt to turn out to be a three-weight champion towards a formidable pressure like Usman draw? That might doubtless be the prevalent thought if McGregor could make a profitable comeback, however he wants the win over Poirier first.