Even earlier than “The Nigerian Nightmare” confronts Leon Edwards for the UFC welterweight titlehis manager evokes the continuation for Usman with a attainable combat in opposition to Israel Adesanya.
As Kamaru Usman lately defined how he spent his first million, the query of cash appears to be fairly vital in his clan. Recently, it was his manager Ali Abdelaziz who spoke in regards to the state of affairs of his protege on the microphone of TMZ Sports :
“The subsequent sufferer is Leon Edwards. He's a fantastic fighter, however he'll be completed in lower than three rounds. I need him to beat Leon Edwards after which I need him to go combat Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title. »
Usman dominated his welterweight class head and shoulders. Champion since 2019 having crushed Tyron Woodley, “The Nigerian Nightmare” subsequently managed to defend his title 5 occasions, notably beating Covington and Masvidal twice every. Even if Covington asks for a trilogy, the logical subsequent step for him can be to transfer up the class to combat in middleweight in opposition to Adesanya. However, the 2 Nigerian fighters are certain by a particular relationship, even a friendship. But Ali Abdelaziz wants to put emotions apart:
“These guys, they're cool but I don't think they're the best of friends. If there is enough money for the two to fight, they will fight even in the parking lot. It has nothing to do with loyalty, it's not like they're sparring partners or brothers. They are African brothers and that has a lot of value. I defend Kamaru Usman's team until the end. I want to see Kamaru Usman, before the end of his career, have two titles. I'm selfish, I'm greedy, but I think Kamaru deserves it…”
“I do know Dana White wants this combat, I need it too, it is sensible. Israel Adesanya will combat to defend his title too. Israel didn't accomplish what Kamaru achieved. I do not need to take something away from Israel. I feel there may be enough cash for these two guys to combat. I need to see this combat now. I feel the followers need it, I need it. I feel these two males want to name one another to repair this… Mike Tyson informed me this: ‘If they're actual brothers, they need to combat to make cash.' »
As a reminder, Kamaru Usman will defend his title in opposition to Leon Edwards and Israel Adesanya will combat him in opposition to Robert Whittaker on February 13 to attempt to retain his middleweight title.
And you, what do you consider a future confrontation between these two champions?