Usman’s “Dream” Scenario May Happen At UFC 228
Kamaru Usman had a dream that he’d be win the UFC welterweight title as a replacement in a title fight, now that dream may come true as he is the potential replacement for Darrent Till in his fight against Tyron Woodley.
On a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Usman told Luke Thomas that he would have been at the weight limit even if the UFC did not reach out to him.
“It wasn’t really a selection process; I believe I was the rightful guy to be fighting for the belt in the first place,” said Usman.
“I was already training before they announced the fight,” he continued. “I was already going to make weight regardless of whether they called of not. It was going to be in Dallas, my hometown — that’s my fight. That’s a perfect fight for me.
“So, I was already in training and fortunately [the UFC] was like, ‘Hey, we want you on standby’. I was going to do that anyway, they didn’t have to tell me. I was going to be there on weight whether they compensated me to be there or not. I was going to do that for free because that was my shot.”
Usman hopes that neither Woodley or Till end up being unable to make it to Dallas on September 1st, but he did have a dream that he would win the title on short notice.
“If Darren Till is able to make weight, more power to him, I want him to be able to make weight and get his shot. And if everything is fine with Tyron, more power to him. But in my dreams I dreamt this was the process of how I become champion.
“Nothing changes for me. The only difference is with the scheduled bout, there’s a little less of that pressure, a little less of that anxiety that you feel. Once you have an opponent in your mind that you’re preparing for, you’re working on specifics and you get guys in to mimic what they do. This is different where I don’t have to do that. I’m just training hard, doing the things I’m good at and kind of, in a roundabout way, doing some mimicking things of what these guys are good at. It’s a little less stress, I kind of prefer it this way.”
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