Will Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Kamaru Usman?- Ali Abdelaziz Puts an End to the Speculations

Published 02/17/2021, 12:24 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


At UFC 258, Kamaru Usman established himself as one of the greatest welterweights ever in UFC history. Not only did he defend his belt for the third time against an opponent many believed would be his toughest test to date, but he also set a record for the most consecutive wins in the welterweight division with 13. This saw him surpass the tally of the consensus greatest welterweight of all time in Georges St-Pierre. 

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After his win, Kamaru Usman stated that in a fight with ‘GSP’ he would win easily. The comment prompted rumors of a potential fight between the two. However, since then ‘Rush’ has stated once again that he does not intend to return to the UFC octagon. Neither for Khabib Nurmagomedov nor for Kamaru Usman. 

Read: UFC star Colby Covington warns Jake Paul of Jorge Masvidal’s teachings 

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What is next for Kamaru Usman after a dominant victory?

While speculating about future fights for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ MMAFighting.com put out a Tweet that said, “If Khabib Nurmagomedov needs a reason to come back, Kamaru Usman is the challenge he’s looking for”

To which Ali Abdelaziz replied, “This guy will never fight”.

Both ‘The Eagle’ and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ are managed by Abdelaziz under Dominance MMA. 

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has been extremely dominant in his division and has beaten everyone put in front of him. Therefore, it is only natural for fans and pundits alike to speculate what could be next for Usman outside his division. 

Entertaining a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov is out of the question, as both men have stated that they would not fight each other. Similarly, for Kamaru to move up and challenge for the middleweight title is also something that will not happen, as he has stated that he would never fight Israel Adesanya either. 

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Therefore, as long as Nurmagomedov and Adesanya are champions in their respective divisions, a super fight for Usman seems unlikely.

However, since the welterweight division is one of if not the most talent stacked divisions in the UFC, there is no shortage of legitimate title challengers for the champion, Kamaru Usman. 

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What do you think should be next for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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