Kamaru Usman and Ali Abdelaziz Troll Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor for ‘Killing the Versace Brand’

Published 03/15/2021, 8:33 AM EDT
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)


Kamaru Usman took to Twitter and joined hands with his manager Ali Abdelaziz to troll Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal.

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Chiefly, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ chimed in on a post by Abdelaziz that went after the aforementioned fighters for wearing Versace. McGregor and Masvidal have become well known for their dressing sense, however, neither Usman nor Abdelaziz were impressed.

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What’s more, there’s an ironic trend that sees the fighters who have worn said Versace robe have then gone on to lose. This famously happened to ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal at UFC 251 to none other than Kamaru Usman on Fight Island. Additionally, McGregor is 1-3 since donning the iconic robe.

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Kamaru Usman: All business

While Usman has an affable personality outside the cage that lends itself to trolling, he’s a completely different person under the lights.

He’s been on record saying that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ appears as a different entity when the cage door finally hits him in the back. Not to mention, his performances thus far have been a testament to this, time and time again.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria takes down 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)

Ever since his beat down of Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight strap, Usman seems to be leveling up. He’s able to adapt to various skillsets put forth by his opponents and can go toe-to-toe with anyone. Moreover, he’s not afraid to step into the fight and engage in an all-out war.

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He’s coming off one of the most impressive victories of his pro career after stopping Gilbert Burns via TKO at UFC 258. Usman weathered some early adversity from his former training partner and went on to bounce back and win.

He’s practically cleared out the top welterweight contenders and is already sourcing rematches.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

One such rematch that may be on the horizon is potentially against his foe Jorge Masvidal later in the year. There’s no love lost between the two athletes, and they’re projected to coach the latest TUF season against each other.

The culmination of the season would tie into a welterweight title fight rematch that is expected to pull in big numbers.

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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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