Conor McGregor couldn’t help but hit out at Kamaru Usman for describing wrestling as his “true love”.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” was previously known for his elite-level grappling ability, but has started to show his steadily improving punching skills in recent fights where he defended his welterweight title.
Usman has won knockouts in three of his last five fights and has spoken about his boxing ability as he seeks a $100million payday against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Despite that, the 34-year-old looks determined to build on his wrestling base when he takes on Leon Edwards to defend his welterweight title later this year.
Usman is back to full fitness after undergoing hand surgery following his unanimous decision to defeat Colby Covington at UFC 268 in November.
Now back in training, MMA’s best pound-for-pound fighter is rediscovering his love for wrestling as he prepares to face Edwards, which McGregor finds funny, as evidenced by his response to Usman’s post. on social networks.
McGregor wants to face Kamaru Usman next.
‘Mystic Mac’ hasn’t fought since suffering a horrific leg injury at UFC 264 where he fractured his tibia and fibula in the first round of his third fight with Dustin Poirier and has been ever since. in rehab.
The Irishman has returned to training and has set his sights on a go-to opponent for his comeback fight in recent weeks.
“I believe against Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m looking at right now,” McGregor said in an interview with The Mac Life.
“Now I haven’t really told anyone to be honest, I only think for a few days because what’s the point of cutting the weight?
“I once won the 155-pound title, I got down to a light frame, but I’m big now.
“I feel big, I feel strong, I feel healthy, I have good energy. I’m coming back from a horrible injury. I don’t want to wear myself out, there shouldn’t be any need for me. exhaust.
“And I feel confident against Usman. A happy, sloppy, unsubmissive orthodox wrestler. What is he going to do ? Where is the danger here? I don’t see any danger with him.
“His ground and pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side. And then in addition the world is to be resumed. The Triple Crown.
“Nobody’s ever gotten three knockouts in three weight divisions like I’ve done before, but nobody’s ever gotten three UFC world titles in three divisions like I will too if we do this fight.”