“Payday for Both” – Kamaru Usman Wants Canelo Alvarez – Sends Him a Message

Published 11/23/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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 Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is looking for a fight again. The number one pound-for-pound UFC fighter has made it clear frequently that he wants to fight the pound-for-pound number one boxer. Even before his fight against Colby Covington at UFC 268, he called out Alvarez.

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In a recent interview, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ talked about fighting Canelo and if he could beat him. He said, “Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t I think I can? If I don’t believe in myself, then why would I do it? Of course, I believe in myself… He’s amazing. I’m not taking nothing away from him. But how often does someone get the chance to test themselves against ‘The Best.'”

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In a message to Canelo, he said, “Payday. Payday for both.” 

Kamaru Usman is definitely the best welterweight in the world right now. He has defended his UFC welterweight title five times now, most recently, against his long-time rival Colby Covington.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has looked better in each fight. Being a wrestler, his striking has improved so much that he’s one of the best at it as well. A fight with Canelo will be huge and is definitely going to be a huge payday for both.

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Canelo Alvarez not interested in fighting Kamaru Usman

Despite the number of call-outs and namedropping from Usman, Alvarez is not interested in fighting the UFC welterweight champion. In an interview, he said, “It’s not make sense for me because I just want to be good in, I want to make history in boxing. I don’t see anything right there, so we’ll see.”

It’s not just Canelo who isn’t interested in this fight. UFC President Dana White also asked everyone to stop with this. At the UFC 268 post-fight presser, he addressed Usman’s call-out of Alvarez.

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“I watched the Canelo fight tonight. He don’t want to fight Canelo. Come on, come on man, let’s stop this s**t. If Canelo wants to come over here, let’s do it. He don’t want to box Canelo.”

Everyone will get to know if this fight is going to happen or not. In the meantime, there are fighters gunning for Usman’s welterweight title. After his fight with Jorge Masvidal broke down, Leon Edwards looks to be in a prime position to fight the champion.

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Who do you make of the Usman-Alvarez fight? Do you think it’s the right fight to make? Let us know in the comments!

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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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