Former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has expressed his willingness to engage Conor McGregor in a fight. Both fighters find themselves on a similar trajectory in their respective careers.
Conor McGregor has also expressed his desire to challenge defending welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. McGregor, of Dublin, Ireland, said he could return as soon as “late summer” and wants to challenge Usman.
This potential matchup between two of the biggest names in the sport is sure to generate a lot of excitement among fans. McGregor, who has been sidelined recovering from injury since he broke his leg in a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier last July, is eager to make history again and will go through Kamaru Usman to do it. In an interview with The Mac Life, the UFC’s first fighter to hold title belts in two weight classes simultaneously expressed his desire to capture a third, this time at 170 pounds.
“I believe versus Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute,” McGregor said. “Now I haven’t really said that to anyone, to be honest; I’ve only been thinking that for the last couple of days because for what cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title. I got myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now. I feel big, I feel strong, I feel healthy, and I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself; there should be no need to deplete myself.”
Usman is currently one of MMA’s most dominant champions and sits atop MMA Fighting’s Pound-for-Pound rankings. He sports a 15-1 record inside the octagon and has successfully defended the UFC welterweight title five consecutive times.