Usman Would Hurt Conor “Really Bad”
With Conor McGregor returning to the UFC at welterweight on January 18th, some in the MMA community have theorized a potential fight between the former double champion and the current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
While the fight may be considered an interesting thought by many, for Usman it makes no sense whatsoever.
“It is a [mismatch],” Usman told MMA Fighting. “More power to him, anything is possible. A fight is a fight, anything can happen. But just being real, that’s a tremendous mismatch. I think I would hurt him really, really bad.”
McGregor has made it clear that he’s interested in making history and adding a third-division title to his lightweight and featherweight accomplishments.
“I liked that welterweight title fight that was on the weekend; I liked the look of that,” McGregor said. “I liked the look of Kamaru Usman. I liked the look of Colby [Covington]. I’m open to it all at 170.”
While McGregor likes the look of fighting Usman for the 170-pound crown, Usman feels McGregor’s attempt at history would end the same way McGregor’s last fight at UFC 229 went.
“I mean we saw what Khabib [Nurmagomedov] did to him,” he said. “He had to take some time off after the Khabib fight,” Usman said. “Now imagine him fighting me. I don’t think we ever see him back in the sport.”
“Conor doesn’t even really make sense,” Usman summated.
“Sure, if he comes in the division and beats someone pretty high up there and really makes the case for himself that he can really handle himself in the division, then absolutely I would entertain that fight.”