Kamaru Usman has no interest in sharing the Octagon with Conor McGregor.
Usman has responded to Conor McGregor’s recent accusation of stealing his ‘red panty night’ gimmick by dismissing any suggestion that the pair could fight each other in the future.
Am I tripping or is this jackass always at this? Everything I say. https://t.co/YepbdAW6ut
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 7, 2021
Usman, who will defend his UFC welterweight title in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal this weekend, insisted that he was open to offering ‘The Notorious’ a shot at the 170lbs belt but, according to Usman, McGregor went quiet.
“Conor knows he doesn’t want those problems,” he told TMZ Sports. “I’ve offered him a title fight … I’ve given Conor the shot. Conor, you have the shot if you want it.
“Conor doesn’t want it, you know? At the end of the day, he won’t say my name, as well. He was silent.”
Throughout his dominant spell in the UFC, Usman has overtaken MMA legend Georges St-Pierre as the greatest welterweight of all time in the eyes of many.
While McGregor has competed at 170lbs on three occasions, he is not a natural welterweight and Usman laughed off suggestions that a fight with the Irishman would be competitive.
“Come on, man!” Usman continued.
“That’s not even… It’s so bad that’s not even something that I entertain in my mind anymore, because that’s just how savage of a beating that would be.
“It’s almost a waste of brain power with what I would do to him.”
McGregor has previous with Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who also represents the Dubliner’s perennial rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Usman may not believe that McGregor would represent much of a challenge to him in the Octagon but ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ can’t help but admire McGregor for raising the ceiling for fighter pay and stirring up more mainstream interest in the UFC.
“I’m proud of Conor for everything that he’s done,” Usman explained. “He’s really set the bar high. I give respect where respect is due. I credit him for that.
“But we’re speaking as mixed martial artists. If you want to challenge me, that’s not even a challenge. That makes no sense, which is why he’s stayed silent.”