UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman has come out hard against the former double champion and MMA’s biggest star – Conor McGregor.
In a recent interview with ESPN, the Nigerian Nightmare said that the Irishman isn’t the same hyped fighter he once was. “Right now, he’s more of a loudmouth. He is a guy that can compete but he is not the champion, Conor McGregor, he’s not the double champion. He is not that guy anymore.”
“He is just a guy that is in the UFC… if he wasn’t Conor and hasn’t done the things that he has done he would be just a regular fighter. He is just a regular fighter with a lot of money, a lot of hype and a lot of recognition. The old Conor, the hungry Conor, was the fighter that fighters respected. Now, not that we don’t respect him at all – he is a UFC fighter – but he is just a regular fighter.”
Usman is represented by manager Ali AbdulAziz, the same person who used to be Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager. After his win at UFC 261 where he knocked out Jorge Masvidal with a quick right hand in only the second round of the fight, McGregor took a jibe at the Nigerian Nightmare.
McGregor tweeted: “Usman even copying my shots now. Am I to fight this guy at some stage? I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon.”
Usman even copying my shots now. Am I to fight this guy at some stage?
I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon. pic.twitter.com/FEQgj9AsAy
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2021
But the undefeated welterweight champion thinks that the Irishman said such stuff to stay in the news. Usman claimed that McGregor only wanted to steal his thunder after he sent the Street Jesus down to the canvas.
“I mean that’s just exactly what it is. These guys are trying to chase clout. Or attach their name to you. And I just shrug it off my shoulders. Because at the end of the day, that’s all it is. These guys just running their mouths,” the welterweight champ remarked.
The Nigerian-born MMA star is open to fighting the Notorious in near future. It is to be noted that Usman has never been defeated in the UFC.
He has won all 14 UFC fights, including four consecutive title defences that include two outings against Masvidal, Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington.
Usman has claimed that he has always been open to fighting McGregor, but the Irishman tries to dodge it every time. “I gave him that opportunity. I said if you truly wanna fight, here’s your opportunity. And now, at the height, he wants to jump back in and throw his name in that hat to make it seem like- basically he wants to stay relevant. He doesn’t want to fight me, I’ve offered him the fight. He said no. And I’ll offer it to him again, gladly today. I guarantee you, he says no. So I just let it runoff,” said Kamaru Usman.