Usman is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. While he has been vulnerable at times, “The Nigerian Nightmare” has flat out looked brilliant inside the Octagon. Usman’s resume has earned him the number one spot on the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
McGregor recently told The Mac Life that he doesn’t envision fighting at lightweight again. He went on to say that a showdown with Usman is the fight to make and even said the 170-champion is a bit “sloppy.”
Joe Rogan Warns Conor McGregor
During an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan said that Conor McGregor may be biting off more than he can chew (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Now he’s talking about fighting Kamaru Usman. Be careful what you ask for. Be careful what you ask for. Usman is a big man and he’s top of the food chain right now. That’s the best pound-for-pound fighter alive, Kamaru Usman, and he’s a natural 170.
“You’ve got to remember, Conor McGregor won the title at 145 and then he went up to 155 and knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the champ-champ… Then he fought at 170 but he fought Cowboy Cerrone who is a natural 155 pounder. No knock on Cowboy, Cowboy’s beat a lot of good 170 pounders, he’s an elite fighter, but Usman’s a different thing. That’s a different peak. There’s no oxygen at the top of that mountain.
“That’s as good as it gets ever at 170.
“I would put Kamaru Usman up against any 170-pound fighter that’s ever lived. I’m not saying that he would beat Georges St-Pierre, I’m not saying he would beat all of them, but he might beat all of them. He might be the best that’s ever been at 170.
“He’s as good as they get. He’s got ferocious knockout power, he’s elite at wrestling, nobody puts him on his back… And he’s still getting better. He’s still getting better.”
McGregor has been on the sidelines recovering from a broken tibia and fibula. He suffered the injury during his July 2021 trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier. As for Usman, he’s expected to collide with Leon Edwards this July. The title fight has not been made official as of this writing.