UFC: McGregor Calls Out Kamaru Usman After Masvidal Victory
Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor has called out Kamaru Usman after the Nigerian knocked Jorge Masvidal out cold to retain his UFC welterweight belt at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.
Usman ,33, came into the main event on Masvidal’s home ground on a 17-fight winning streak, and he won the first round comfortably before bringing the fight to a sudden halt in the second.
Usman uncorked a thunderous right hand a minute into the second frame to knock out Masvidal, silencing the crowd and extending the longest winning streak among active fighters in the UFC.
“Been a while since I’ve been extremely nervous for a fight. But he elevated me,” Usman said in an interview after the fight. “He made me go to the workshop and sharpen all my tools to put on a performance like that.”
“I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now,” he added.
McGregor, who next faces Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout in July, tweeted his challenge to Usman soon after the fight.
“Usman even copying my shots now,” McGregory said, accompanying a video of his own boxing skills. “Am I to fight this guy at some stage? I think so.”
“Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170, its mine soon”
Usman even copying my shots now. Am I to fight this guy at some stage?
I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon. pic.twitter.com/FEQgj9AsAy
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2021
McGregor, a former lightweight and featherweight champion, has three previous fights at welterweight, with a defeat and win against Nate Diaz, and a win over Donald Cerrone – his most recent UFC victory, in January 2020.