Kamaru Usman Won’t Rule Out ‘Walking Away’ After UFC 261
Kamaru Usman may be at his peak but he also realizes diminishing returns is a real thing.
Usman is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. He is scheduled to put his 170-pound gold on the line against Jorge Masvidal in a rematch. Usman defeated “Gamebred” back in July 2020 via unanimous decision.
During an interview with MMAFighting.com‘s Damon Martin, Usman said that it’s possible he could walk away following his second encounter with Masvidal.
“That’s a really, really good question because I’m asking myself that as well. Being a realist and I’m honest with myself and I know that I can’t do this forever and I don’t want to do this forever. Like I said, we’re on a track right now, I’m just so far ahead of these guys that I’m coming back around and I’m lapping them now. So, talking to some of my mentors, and some of the greatest that have done this, what they’re telling me at some point it’s going to start, that waking up in the morning and going to the gym to put in a day’s work is going to start to get heavier and heavier when nothing really motivates me like that anymore.
“So this one, I’m motivated because I didn’t really feel like I got that fix. I’ve still have that fear in me. I want to go out there and get this one but after this we have to really take a hard look and see what there is out there for me. Because it’s not these guys. Whether it’s crossing over and doing something else or maybe walking away, you never know.”