Impressive welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman has already “cleaned up” his class. To the level of pushing some to hope for a retirement exit from Khabib Nurmagomedov for a enormous shock of undefeated fighters in the UFC. But in accordance to the Nigerian, there are extra possibilities to see him face the legend Georges St-Pierre, finest welter in the historical past of the American group.
His final opponent, Jorge Masvidal, struck down by an overpowering right, had already been crushed eight and a half months beforehand. The subsequent, Colby Covington, was TKOed in December 2019. Impressive UFC welterweight champion, the place he is nonetheless undefeated in fourteen fights, Kamaru Usman “cleaned up” his class – Stephen Thompson is the solely member of the prime 5 not but on his file – to the level of lacking a few new challenges as he has defended his belt 4 occasions.
Enough to push some in the world of MMA to hope to see the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, former light-weight champion, come out of retirement – he had mentioned he needed “to be impressed” by “something spectacular” to achieve this, and that may be the case with Kamaru – to come and problem the Nigerian and check out to win a belt in a second class. A fight that may have a hell of a face between two males with an immaculate course in the nice American group and accustomed to martyring their opponents on the floor. And maybe the solely means to arouse sufficient curiosity in Khabib to deliver him again into the cage, way more than a new media-lucrative assembly with Conor McGregor. Worry? The two share the similar supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, and Usman has typically mentioned he would by no means face Nurmagomedov, whom he refers to as “(s) on brother”.
A place confirmed at the microphone of TMZ Sports: “It would be the biggest fight in the history of the UFC, absolutely. But the problem is that it would not happen. It’s just hypothetical.” In the eyes of the “Nigerian Nightmare”, it’s much more doubtless to see him cross in the octagon a sure Georges St-Pierre, legend of the discipline to whom Usman might quickly problem the standing of “GOAT” (better of all time) of the welterweight class. “There would be more chances, but I lost faith in this one too, to make Usman against St-Pierre, confirms the champion. You have more chances to see him arrive before Usman-Nurmagomedov. ‘just won’t happen. “
If we would obviously have loved to see a GSP at the top of his game against a Usman at his top, which was not possible given the timing, the prospect of organizing such a fight in the current situation is much less attractive. . The Quebecer will be 40 in three weeks – Usman will be 34 by then – and has not fought in the UFC since November 2017 and his victory over Michael Bisping to conquer the middleweight title. St-Pierre talks, and very well, but his inactivity and the “youth” of his potential opponent are all negative points to approach a shock of this magnitude. “I don’t think a lot of people in his camp are saying, ‘We want this guy,’ Usman continues. (…) These guys know they have to be worried. everybody.”
“Diaz? Always a funny fight”
Like Khabib-GSP, the Usman-GSP fantasy should remain one. The possibility of a Nick Diaz return, nate’s brother who has not fought since January 2015, could on the other hand titillate the Nigerian, who knows he needs a dance partner known to “sell” his pay-per-views and take a bigger check because of his lack of popularity. “We don’t know where he is,” Usman remembers. “If he places every part again collectively and he is aggressive, it is nonetheless a enjoyable fight. Imagine Nick Diaz again as headliner of a card, For a title! It’s a enormous fight. If he can come again and do spectacular issues, after all it is a enjoyable fight. ” With one in all the Diaz brothers, spectacular fighters adored by the public, it’s unattainable to show him mistaken.