Kamaru Usman puts Conor McGregor on blast for title shot silence
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman laid into Conor McGregor for not stepping up after being offered a title shot.
Despite being back with planned events, the UFC still lacks the same stable match making and schedule as before. Many fighters have been campaigning for fights, but with the world in the state that it is in it’s hard to be sure those fights will come into fruition.
In a surprise move, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and his management publicly stated that they would offer a title shot to MMA superstar Conor McGregor. This was not condoned but neither shut down by the UFC. However McGregor remained silent, and didn’t adress the potential fight. Now, this has sparked a harsh response from Usman, who spoke out about the potential fight – and what he feels McGregor’s silence indicates.
“This would be history. A lot of people are trying to shit on it and saying, oh Conor doesn’t deserve it. Okay, but the next guy that deserves the fight would be Leon Edwards, and he can’t get into the country, so what? If Conor can make this fight happen, why wouldn’t we fight Conor? He just fought at 170 and he looked great,” Usman told ESPN. “Cowboy Cerrone beat a lot of guys who are ranked at 170, he did very well at 170. Conor went out there and starched him… Conor went out there and got the job done in less than a minute. So, how can people sit here and say that Conor is not deserving?
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“We are about making history here. He’s saying he’s the pound-for-pound greatest of all-time across three divisions, this is your chance to prove it, go out there and win a third belt in a third division, so why wouldn’t we make that fight? I’m going to give him the opportunity, if Conor wants it, let’s do it. But, Conor’s quiet now. Why is Conor quiet? Who says no to a title shot? I’ve never seen this in history,” he added. “Who says no when the champ says come and get your title shot? Unless you know you have no chance in hell of winning, that this might change the landscape of your fighting career ever. That’s the only chance I can see people saying, you know what, I’m going to pass on that title shot right now.”
Originally Jorge Masvidal was tentatively scheduled to challenge for the title. However as of late, he has switched gears, instead angling for a rematch with Nate Diaz. There are reports of this being due to negotiations between Masvidal’s team and the UFC deteriorating, though these claims have not been substantiated.
Usman made his first title defence in December of last year. There he took on rival and divisional antagonist Colby Covington, winning via fifth round TKO. A month later McGregor returned after a hiatus from MMA, defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via first round TKO.