Kamaru Usman has become one of the most dominant UFC champions in recent memory.
He’s on the verge of clearing out the top contenders in the welterweight division and he’s gone from difficult to beat grappler to all-around danger.
Recently, Conor McGregor suggested he’d like to fight for the welterweight title at some stage and become the first three-weight division champion in UFC history.
To do that, he’d have to beat the formidable Usman, a man who is number two on UFC’s pound-for-pound list and currently on a 14-win streak in the welterweight division, the most-ever at 170lbs.
McGregor represents a titan in the industry. A box office sensation who was the first man eve to become a double champion in UFC, but Usman doesn’t think he is the man he used to be.
“Loudmouth,” Usman said when asked for his thoughts on McGregor by ESPN. “He does more talking now than he does fighting. If he wants to fight me he knows where to find me, we can make that fight happen.
“’Right now, he’s more of a loudmouth. He is a guy that can compete but he is not the champion, Conor McGregor, he’s not the double champion. He is not that guy anymore.”
“He is just a guy that is in the UFC… if he wasn’t Conor and hasn’t done the things that he has done he would be just a regular fighter,” Usman added.
“He is just a regular fighter with a lot of money, a lot of hype and a lot of recognition.”
“The old Conor, the hungry Conor, that was the fighter that fighters respected. Now, not that we don’t respect him at all – he is a UFC fighter – but he is just a regular fighter.’”
Jake Paul is another man to enter Usman’s radar recently. The YouTuber turned professional boxer has made a habit out of calling out UFC stars after his victory over Ben Askren, but he may have bitten off more than he can chew with the Nigerian Nightmare.
“I don’t necessarily care for the fight, but when you see… there is a lot of work I have put into my sport to get into the position I am in and then you see these guys saying ‘I want to challenge this guy, this guy’ it is disrespectful,’ he said of Paul.
“I want to go out and send him a clear message and harsh punishment. I think the cheque would have to have eight zeros in it!
“I didn’t pay attention before, he was just a regular guy running his mouth but once he made the comments he made about DC, DC is not just one of the most respected guys in the sport he is also a good, close friend. Once I saw those comments that when I took notice.
“If I am in a position to give these guys a lesson then absolutely. Because they are about my weight, if they ever wanted to fight I would be the guy they would have to fight. his brother is fighting Floyd but that fight doesn’t make sense because Floyd is giving up almost 50 pounds to these guys.
“I am their weight, I am the guy for them to pick on, I am the guy to discipline these guys and if it makes sense then of course we will do it, but it will need a lot of zeros.”