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Conor McGregor is eyeing a historic bout for his UFC comeback fight as he targets a late summer return.
McGregor is closing in on his Octagon return following his crushing defeat to Dustin Poirier last year.
He had set his sights on a UFC lightweight title showdown against Charles Oliveira.
But the Brazilian is slated to defend his UFC championship against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.
The 'Notorious' has now called for a blockbuster clash against UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman, who himself is also set to return to action in the summer.
No UFC fighter has won belts across three divisions, with McGregor aiming to become the first fighter in the promotion's history to achieve such a feat.
Conor McGregor believes he should fight Kamaru Usman on his return to action. pic.twitter.com/IfeSvhVMYs— The Mac Life (@TheMacLife) March 18, 2022
Speaking to Oscar Willis of The Mac Life via MMA Fighting, McGregor revealed: "I believe versus Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute.
"Now I haven’t really said that to no one to be honest, I’ve only been thinking that for the last couple of days because for what cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title, I got myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now.
"I feel big, I feel strong, I feel healthy, I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself, there should be no need to deplete myself.
"And I feel confident against Usman. A jab happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he gonna do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him. His ground-and-pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side. And then plus the world is to be took again.
"The triple crown. No one’s ever obtained three knockouts in three weight divisions moving up like I have already, but no one’s ever obtained three UFC world titles cross three divisions like I will do also if we make this fight."
McGregor added: "There’s history to be made. The game is to be shook up again. The triple crown has never been done. It’ll never be done in my lifetime, no one will do this in my lifetime, win three world [titles].
"If I-Not if, when I knock Kamaru Usman out at 170, that will be three UFC world titles won moving upward with three knockouts. I knocked out [Jose] Aldo, I knocked out Alvarez, and knock out Kamaru Usman. Three knockouts, three world titles, three weights goin’ up."
Usman, 34, is perfect in his UFC career having won 15 fights inside the famed Octagon, including six UFC title victories.
He hasn't fought since outpointing Colby Covington at UFC 268 last November.
Usman vs. McGregor? Watch this space.