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UFC president Dana White has sensationally shut down any hopes of Kamaru Usman fighting Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Well, at least inside a ring.
After recently being named as the UFC's top pound-for-pound fighter, there has been a lot of talk around Usman and what path he chooses to go down next.
Having just beaten arguably the division's best title challenger in Colby Covington, many believe the 'Nigerian Nightmare' could be ready for a challenge away from the 170-pound weight class.
For some, they'd like to see him go up a division and take on middleweight champ Israel Adesanya - although seeing as though the two are pals, that's highly unlikely.
Meanwhile, others are keen on seeing Usman make the transition into boxing.
Usman's manager Ali Abdelaziz originally floated the idea, but the Nigerian-born star has since doubled down and registered his interest in taking on the best boxer of this generation.
But, and it's a pretty huge "but", Usman's current employer doesn't seem too fond of the idea.
"I watched the Canelo fight tonight," Dana White told the media at his post-UFC 268 press conference.
"He don't want to fight Canelo, he don't want to fight Canelo. Come on, man. Let's stop this s**t.
If Canelo wants to come over here, awesome fight. Those two put on an incredible performance (tonight)."
Usman is fresh of the back of a big win in his grudge rematch with Covington.
But then again, Canelo also just secured a huge victory of his own against undefeated American Caleb Plant - perhaps the biggest of his decorated career.
Even though it's highly unlikely that we'd ever see the two pound-for-pound greats lock horns inside a ring or octagon, just the initial back-and-forths seem to have got MMA and boxing fans talking.
As for Canelo, he responded to the initial rumours with just two words.
"Pay day," he simply said.
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