‘He’s Just a Regular Fighter’- Kamaru Usman Trashes ‘Loudmouth’ Conor McGregor

Published 05/21/2021, 10:40 PM EDT


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman spoke to ESPN MMA’s Ahora O Nunca and ran through a gauntlet of topics. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, who has become an established figure in the sport, continually pops up on various platforms. Usman commented on the state of the contenders in the division and also detailed his disdain for Conor McGregor.

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Chiefly, Kamaru Usman provided an interesting take on ‘The Notorious’ who has a fight coming up soon. McGregor has inserted himself into the fabric of MMA once more, as this is his second fight in 6 months. Usman not only detailed possibly fighting McGregor, but he also shed light on the way his contemporaries viewed the former champion.

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Have Conor McGregor’s passed accolades passed him by?

When asked about possibly fighting McGregor, the welterweight champion explained that the decision was in McGregor’s hands. More interesting was Usman’s take on the way fighters today didn’t respect McGregor the same way as when he was coming up. Usman believes that the Irishman’s ‘champ-champ’ status has now passed him in the rearview mirror.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Loudmouth. He does more talking now than he does fighting… If he wants to fight me, he knows where to find me. He can call me and we’ll make that fight happen. Right now, it’s more of a loudmouth. He’s a loudmouth He’s a guy that can compete, but he’s not the champion, Conor McGregor.“

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“He’s not the double champion, he’s not that guy anymore. He’s just a guy that’s in the UFC. If he wasn’t Conor, hasn’t done the things that he’s done, then he would just be a regular fighter. The level of respect he gets now, he’s just a regular fighter with a lot of money and lot of hype and recognition, but the old Conor, the hungry Conor, that was the fighter that fighters respected.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Kamaru Usman has definitely laid down the seeds for a potential bout with the biggest money fighter that the sport has to offer. If things fall into place, and McGregor captures the lightweight belt, it’s possible that ‘The Notorious’ looks towards welterweight. He’s already competed at 170-pound a few times and etched a couple of wins.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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