Could Conor McGregor End Up Getting A Title Shot Against Kamaru Usman?
Since announcing his 2020 return, Conor McGregor’s goal has been to win a world title at 170 pounds. Dramatic circumstances may have resulted in him receiving that opportunity.
McGregor has been offered by Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, to fight for the title.
It all started when Jorge Masvidal beat Nate Diaz inside Madison Square Garden for the BMF Title. It was assumed he would be next to face Usman. The two got into it at Super Bowl media day and then it was rumored they would be competing in a summer bout. Recently, plans for Masvidal seemed to have changed. Nothing was said again until Masvidal tweeted out the following:
“Lets run it back #theresurrection #andstill”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) May 23, 2020
He is referring to Diaz, who responded to his challenge, accepting it. Once those arrangements were out of the way, but not official by the UFC, Ali tweeted out at someone who may be interested in facing Usman.
“It looks like #1 contender wants to fight Nate Diaz now. Good for him. @TheNotoriousMM hey you want a title shot? Come to daddy @USMAN84kg will give you one and he promise first 2 rounds without takedowns only slaps.”
It looks like #1 contender wants to fight Nate Diaz now . Good for him @TheNotoriousMMA hey you want a title shot ? Come to daddy @USMAN84kg will give you one and he promise first 2 rounds without takedowns only slaps 😂
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) May 24, 2020
Ali then doubled down by telling ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that if Masvidal were to take the Diaz rematch over the title shot, then McGregor would indeed get a shot against Usman. If McGregor were to win, it would be his third title in three different divisions.
McGregor and his team have yet to respond. Following a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor returned at UFC 246 and beat Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds. He has since expressed a desire to compete on “Fight Island” at some point this summer.
Per manager Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00), if Jorge Masvidal were to ask UFC for a Nate Diaz BMF rematch, over a Kamaru Usman title fight, they'd ask the UFC to offer the 170 pound title shot to Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA), for a chance to win his third title. https://t.co/CmCD6PlcKb
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 25, 2020