Kamaru Usman Says Money Changed Conor McGregor After He Won The Title

Published 06/17/2021, 8:26 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)


Conor McGregor made history when he became the first simultaneous UFC two-division champion. In doing so, he made a fortune in his professional MMA career. However, some from the MMA community believe that making too much money changed McGregor. It also includes the current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.

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McGregor claimed a first-round KO victory against Jose Aldo at UFC 194 and became the UFC featherweight champion. It is the fastest KO victory in a UFC title fight to date, as it only took him 13 seconds to defeat Aldo

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McGregor became the UFC two-division champion when he clashed against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. ‘Mystic Mac’ defeated Alvarez via TKO in the second round and claimed the UFC lightweight title. However, McGregor never defended any of his titles. 

Many believed that after winning the title, that was it for McGregor as he was inactive for a long time. This inactivity denied the UFC a potential McGregor vs Ferguson fight. Subsequently, the UFC stripped ‘Notorious’ of the lightweight title. 

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In a recent episode of the True Geordie podcast, Kamaru Usman appeared as the guest. Geordie asked Usman to share his point of view on McGregor changing after winning the titles. 

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ said – “For a long time, the goal is ‘I want to be the Champion, I want to be the best’. And so they work (x3) work hard, and then they get there and then they are like ‘alright I have done it’.” 

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“And in his (Conor McGregor) case, he is a little different than most because not only did he get there, he got there and got more money than he ever thought was possible. That changes everybody.”

Why does Kamaru Usman believe making too much money changed Conor McGregor?

Kamaru Usman has had an illustrious MMA career so far. The current UFC welterweight champion has successfully defended his title four times in his career. In doing so, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ also made a large sum in his professional MMA career.

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)

Usman believes that money changed McGregor because it has also changed him. The UFC welterweight champion said, “I am not gonna lie. Money has changed me… When I didn’t have money, I had to eat that spaghetti and ramen noodles, you know. That was just there because that’s all I could afford. I can afford a steak and a lobster now. So, I want the steak and the lobster, you know.”

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Although money might have changed Kamaru Usman, it didn’t affect his MMA career. He is still the current UFC undisputed welterweight champion, and he plans to be the champion for a long time.

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What do you make of what ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ had to say about Conor McGregor? Do you agree with him?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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