‘Let’s Throw Michael Chiesa’- Manager Says Kamaru Usman Could Fight at UFC 263

Published 05/01/2021, 8:48 AM EDT


The reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has become an unstoppable force in the promotion. The undefeated fighter recently laid veteran, Jorge Masvidal, to sleep with a devastating KO in their titular bout at UFC 261.

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Following that, the question now on everyone’s mind is, is there anyone left to challenge the Nigerian mauler? Well, his manager has something to say in this regard.

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In an interview with ESPN MMA, Ali Abdelaziz talked about Justin Gaethje, Jon Jones, and even about Colby Covington. But one thing that must have grabbed eyeballs around the world is that Usman is ready to return to the octagon soon.

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Abdelaziz said, “He said, June 12, let’s throw Michael Chiesa. He asked me who has the longest winning streak in the division, top five or six? I said, Chiesa. He said June 12.

Abdelaziz further added that Usman is ready to fight three more times this year, starting with UFC 263. “I told the UFC, listen to me, Kamaru can fight three times more this year. You know, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White told me something a little bit ago. I said the only way to stay relevant, to fight often, Kamaru is the guy.”

Abdelaziz shoots down Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington

‘Chaos’ Covington is supposedly next in line to face the mighty Nigerian. However, Abdelaziz doesn’t think it’s a good idea as the former interim champion has not been as active as the champion. He said, “Why Colby? Why are we gonna put Colby in the spot? Why not Michael Chiesa right?”

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“Michael Chiesa, he can’t take Kamaru down, he can’t lay and pray on him. Stylistically, it’s a good fight. You know, I think Kamaru, ten times out of ten will beat him,” he added.

He concluded by saying everything depends upon Dana White, and he can just talk about scenarios and nothing more than that. But one thing is clear for him, Usman would fight the one with a winning streak and ‘Chaos’ isn’t the one.

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With his latest feat, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has certainly reached a point where he can have his say on the opponents he wants to face. And although there are many to stand up, there seems to be no one who can make him step aside. What’s your reaction to Usman potentially facing Chiesa next?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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