Conor McGregor Wants Ill-Advised Shot at Kamaru Usman in His Return

It’s been quite some time since Conor McGregor fought in a UFC octagon. He’s made more noise for trying to buy Chelsea Football Club than he has in the fight game.

But the Notorious One’s return from a lower tibia fracture sustained last summer is not too far away, and he’s thinking big.

McGregor could just as easily seek a fight with a lightweight contender such as Michael Chandler, or perhaps convince Dana White to give him a shot at the winner of the May 7 title bout between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. However, he envisions capturing another belt in a third division and dethroning pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter Kamaru Usman in the process.

A fight with Usman might put the last nail in McGregor’s UFC career.

Conor McGregor called out Kamaru Usman in a recent interview regarding his eventual return

McGregor may have lost consecutive bouts and become the butt of many jokes courtesy of Dustin Poirier, but he still thinks he’ll “waltz” into a title shot. Only, he’s not necessarily after the lightweight strap.

During a recent interview with The Mac Life, the former featherweight and lightweight champion said that he doesn’t “envision” going back to 155 pounds. He said he’s been putting on plenty of muscle and hasn’t cut any weight. As such, he believes he’ll return at welterweight.

Naturally, that led the Notorious One to call out Usman, the dominant 170-pound champion.

McGregor admitted that the idea of fighting Usman has only solidified in recent days. But he fancies his chances against the Nigerian Nightmare.

“I feel confident against Usman. [He’s] a jab-happy, sloppy orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he gonna do? Where’s the danger here?”

–Conor McGregor on Kamaru Usman, via The Mac Life

McGregor criticized Usman’s apparently absent ground and pound. He also stated a belief that age could play a role, with Usman a year McGregor’s senior.

Naturally, word got back to the welterweight champion about the callout. Needless to say, Usman isn’t hiding from anyone.

Usman trolled McGregor on Twitter

Kamaru Usman has goals of his own. Since last summer, he’s pushed to bring UFC Africa to reality. But the Nigerian Nightmare would assuredly welcome the chance to fight Conor McGregor in his return to the octagon.

Love him or hate him, McGregor remains the biggest draw in combat sports. A bout with the Notorious One would be the most high-profile and lucrative of Usman’s career, by far.

Usman also thinks it would make for an easy night.

Shortly after the Mac Life interview went online, Usman took to Twitter with a picture of himself and former McGregor nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov. The caption read, “He said he’s gonna do what????” with multiple laughing emojis.

Usman has every right to feel confident. He’s the pound-for-pound No. 1 for a reason, having defended his welterweight title five times. The most recent defense came in a rematch with Colby Covington in November.

Indeed, despite McGregor’s ever-confident demeanor, a fight with Usman wouldn’t end well for the Irishman.

A bad matchup for the Notorious One

UFC fighter Conor McGregor attends Bellator 275
UFC fighter Conor McGregor watches teammate Brian Moore at Bellator 275 at the 3Arena in Dublin | David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images

“Slap-happy, orthodox wrestler” is a description Conor McGregor has doled out before. He basically described Nurmagomedov as such before their record-breaking fight in October 2018.

That one didn’t end well for McGregor. A fight with Kamaru Usman would likely have a similar ending.

Usman’s wrestling isn’t on Khabib’s level, but he’s still an elite grappler. More notably, he’s vastly improved his striking in recent bouts, showing off a bomb of a right hand in a highlight-reel knockout of Jorge Masvidal. His conditioning is as strong as anyone else in the fight game.

The Nigerian Nightmare can control the octagon and threaten takedowns. If Usman clips McGregor, the Notorious One will feel it. As UFC fans have seen in the past, McGregor can scramble, but also shows signs of gassing when he takes punches. Fights with Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirer have proven as much. Conversely, Usman keeps pushing forward.

McGregor’s comeback figures to take place later this summer or early in the fall. Whether it’s against Usman remains to be seen, but McGregor should be careful about what he wishes for.

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