‘That Would Be a Fun One’- UFC Welterweight Kamaru Usman is Serious About Fighting the Paul Brothers

Published 05/18/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
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)


The YouTubers Logan Paul and Jake Paul have taken the world of combat sports by storm. After Jake Paul beat Ben Askren in a boxing fight in April, the UFC has gotten involved as well.

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So much so that the UFC Welterweight champion of the world, Kamaru Usman, has entertained the possibility of fighting any of the Paul brothers in a boxing match.

Usman appeared in an interview with CBS Sports HQ and talked about a potential fight with them. “That would be a fun one,” was his reply.

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Usman then appreciated the way that the Paul brothers have capitalized on the fans’ love for entertainment in trying times. He said that the world is going through this global pandemic and an economically poor time. People turn to entertainment, and the Paul brothers have offered them a boatload of the same.

These guys, here they come at the perfect time, here to entertain. Bunch of YouTubers that are now pretending to be fighters, so it’s a spectacle.

“People wanna tune in, people wanna pay attention, and I commend them for that,” Usman added, appreciating the YouTubers again.

However, he showed his disdain for their actions and said that he would be the one to show them the reality. “But for them to try to portray the fact that they are actual, real fighters is kinda disturbing.

“And it would take somebody like myself to really step in there and show them that there’s a difference between entertainment and actually being the best fighter in the world,” he concluded.

Kamaru Usman and his last title defense against Jorge Masvidal

Away from the world of hypotheticals, Usman has been absolutely dominant in the UFC. He is yet to lose a fight in the organization and displayed his all-round game in his last fight against Jorge Masvidal.

This was their second fight, and while the first one was a wrestling match between the two, this one was largely fought on the feet.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – APRIL 25: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 25, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Although Usman is a maestro on the mats, he did better in the second edition of their fight as he knocked Masvidal out to silence all of his critics. He is already on the hunt for his next fight, and Colby Covington is a possible contender.

Do you think anyone can beat Kamaru Usman in an MMA fight?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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