UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman talked about his upcoming fight against Jorge Masvidal, saying that he doesn’t actually deserve it.
Usman recently talked to TMZ Sports about his upcoming fight against Jorge Masvidal. He revealed that he had planned to fight Masvidal in July, however it’s not looking likely anymore due to the growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The welterweight champion also gave his thoughts on Masvidal as an opponent, stating that he believes Masvidal doesn’t really “deserve a title shot”:
“Honestly, if I’m being honest, do I believe that he deserves the fight next? No, I don’t think that he deserves the fight. But at the same time, he’s got the hype right now.” Usman said.
Usman went on to suggest that Masvidal is buying into his own hype, after “Gamebred” allegedly said that he is “more famous than Conor McGregor”:
“He seriously thinks he’s a superstar. He’s talking about how I’m the most famous fighter, I’m more famous than Conor and this and that. You are drinking your own Kool-Aid right now. He forgets that literally less than a year ago or two years ago he was just ‘Journeyman George.’” he concluded.
Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman last defended his UFC welterweight title against Colby Covington at UFC 245 in December, 2019. It was his 1st-title defence since winning the belt from former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March, 2019.
He is expected to face Jorge Masvidal in his next fight at UFC 252, although the bout has not been officially announced yet at this time.
Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal is coming off of arguably the best year of his professional MMA career. In 2019, he rose to MMA stardom after picking up 3 dominant wins, including 2 devastating knockout victories over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz, respectively.
He fought Nate Diaz in a headlining fight at UFC 244, which was for a celebratory “baddest motherf**ker” (‘BMF’) belt.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 22nd March, 2020.