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Kamaru Usman Calls Out Conor McGregor For 'Going Quiet' Over Title Shot Offer

Kamaru Usman Calls Out Conor McGregor For 'Going Quiet' Over Title Shot Offer

Kamaru Usman has laid down the challenge to Conor McGregor, offering the Irishman the chance to back up his claims he's the pound-for-pound greatest in three different weight divisions in UFC.

Ali Abdelaziz, the Nigerian Nightmare's manager and an arch-enemy of McGregor's, put the proposal to the Irishman on Monday.

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With BMF champion and welterweight No.1 contender Jorge Masvidal seemingly preferring running it back with Nate Diaz as opposed to a title shot, Usman and his team are keen for McGregor to be his next challenger.

It's an opportunity for McGregor to make further history and become the UFC's first three-weight world champion but mere days after declaring himself as the GOAT of MMA in a Twitter thread that riled a lot of people up, he's gone silent according to Usman.

He told ESPN MMA's Brett Okamoto: "This will be history. Like I know a lot of people are trying to s**t on it like Conor doesn't deserve it. Okay, but the next guy they would be deserving of the fight would be Leon Edwards. He can't get into the country. So what?"

"I'm gonna give him the opportunity, if Conor wants, let's do it. But Conor's quiet now. Who says no to a title shot? I've never seen this in history, who says no when the champ says come and get your title shot.

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"Unless you know you have no chance in hell of winning. This might change the landscape of your fighting career ever. That's the only chance I can see people saying im'ma pass on that title shot right there."

Ranked McGregor is 2-1 at 170lbs and made his long-awaited return to the Octagon at welterweight with an emphatic victory over Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in just 40 seconds at UFC 246.

That performance impressed Usman, who is more than willing to dance with McGregor and see if he really is the the best across three divisions.

"If Conor can make this fight happen, why wouldn't we fight Conor?" Usman said.

"He just fought at 170. He looked great. Like Cowboy Cerrone beat a lot of guys that were ranked at 170. He did very well at 170 and Conor went out there and starched him. Obviously I like Cowboy, and he's my guy. But Conor went out there and got the job done in less than a minute. So how can people sit here and say Conor is not deserving?

"And this is about making history here. He says he's the pound for pound greatest of all time across 3 divisions. This is your chance to prove it, go out there and win a 3rd belt in a 3rd division. So why wouldn't we make that fight."

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Jorge Masvidal, UFC News, MMA News, welterweight, UFC, MMA, Kamaru Usman

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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