Kamaru Usman Ready to Talk to Canelo Alvarez After Colby Covington Fight

Published 10/23/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman is the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC right now. The UFC welterweight champion is preparing to battle his long-time rival Colby Covington for his next fight. Both fighters will go up against each other at UFC 268 on November 6, 2021.

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In the buildup to his next fight, Daniel Cormier interviewed Usman. During the interview, he talked about fighting Jake Paul and a matchup with Canelo Alvarez.

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ responded, “They can talk; he’s going to talk, of course, he wants to because I make him relevant… That’s still small, he’s not big enough. That’s not a big enough bag. The Colby Covington fight matters. MSG, New York, the Mecca of the sport. Look at the last three fights. What’s bigger? The only thing that tops what I just did in the last fight is going to MSG, the mecca of the sport, and actually competing and delivering a performance like that.”

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“That’s the next biggest thing, and then after that, we talk with Canelo, and we see how we can top that. But no one is doing it like I’m doing it right now, no one’s doing it like that,” he added.

Kamaru Usman – Title defense and beyond

Kamaru Usman is one of the most dominant champions in MMA right now. A former NCAA Division 2 wrestler, Usman, is not just a great grappler anymore. His overall game has improved massively over the years, and every time he fights, he looks to have improved more. Since becoming the champion, he has defended his title four times and against some of the toughest fighters in the division.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns, and Jorge Masvidal (twice) all have lost to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare.’ The second fight against Masvidal also delivered, possibly the knockout of the year. Usman would certainly want to top that at the “mecca of sport” against Colby Covington, arguably his toughest opponent as the champion.

As the first fight against ‘Chaos’ was great, fight fans will tune in for the rematch and expect a war like the last time.

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However, Usman is not just looking at the next fight, but beyond that as well. The welterweight champ has talked about a potential fight against the number 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Canelo Alvarez. In an interview with The Schmo, Usman said that none of the fighters in the welterweight division are getting him excited and he might have to fight Canelo.

He said, “I might have to go drag Canelo out when he’s done with all these guys that he’s running through. I mean, it has never been done. I might have to drag him into, if not in the octagon, I might have to drag him into the ring. It’s never been done, pound-for-pound MMA fighter and pound-for-pound boxer. So, that might be next if these guys can’t prove if they’re the next number 1 contender.”

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The Alvarez fight is still uncertain, and Covington is not someone Usman should overlook or take lightly.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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