Kamaru Usman is liable to having a crosshairs on his back while he is the undisputed UFC welterweight champion, however says that his listing of competitors at 170-pounds need him to stay relevant.
Usman is in the a bit outlandish assign of already holding victories over the head three presumptive challengers in his weight class, Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington and Leon Edwards. Earlier than Usman’s 2d title defence against Masvidal later this month, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ outlined to ESPN exactly how he sees the place of his weight class.
The champion earned a lopsided choice consume against Masvidal final 300 and sixty five days in a combat whereby the challenger took on with correct six days’ secure out about. Masvidal has since maintained that the combat would were varied had he had the opportunity for a fleshy coaching camp beforehand. Nonetheless, Usman has since been plagued by accusations that he authorized the Masvidal rematch fully on account of it represents the biggest capability payday — something he turned into once inspiring to dispel to ESPN (by the consume of MMA Combating).
“There’s fact and there’s no longer fact in that,” Usman stated. “That which you will likely be in a position to presumably’t tell you’re the star and that’s who I are attempting to be. That’s execrable on account of I in fact absorb what everyone on the earth wants, so that probabilities are you’ll’t tell that. Obviously, does he bring more eyes honest now? Fully. I’m a realist, I’ve consistently been a realist. Fully he brings more eyes honest now.
“If I investigate cross-test at the total swimming pools of fellows I’ve been through all of them, now I’m correct lapping them all. If we’re running a flee honest now, I’m lapping everyone honest now. He’s the first man, so he’s ineffective final honest now, the first man I’m about to lap. I’m lapping him.
“So yeah, does he bring a bit of bit more eyes? Fully. I don’t steal that away from him. I’m proud of all the things he has accomplished, entirely proud of him. Appreciate in that facet however let’s be fair, I in fact absorb what everyone wants. It’s inexperienced panty evening if you occur to combat me. He’s no longer getting the pay-per-views and stuff love that on his have. He has to combat me.”
The first day out between the 2 garnered around 1.3 million pay-per-search records from buys, and with their upcoming combat place to occur in entrance of followers and additionally feature two other world title fights it’s expected that UFC 261 will likely be one in every of the 300 and sixty five days’s biggest events. And while the monetary motivation is glaring, Usman says he is additionally having a expect placing on a more dominant performance this time around.
“If truth be told, I don’t tell I broke him the model that I wished to interrupt him,” Usman stated. “There’s something that satisfies me after I combat guys and that’s the part that I imagine years in the past Jon spoke about this. Whereas you occur to’re in there with that opponent there’s an intimate moment the assign easiest you and that man know what’s occurring. Finest you and that man know the blueprint exhausting he hits you, easiest you and that man know the blueprint exhausting I’m coming at him. And with Masvidal, I don’t tell I fully broke him the model wished to. With everyone else, I do know after I broke them. I do know after I broke their spirit, I do know after I broke their heart, however with him I don’t feel love a fully purchased there.
“That’s what I’m in fact after, that’s what’s addicting to me, that’s why I proceed to cease this. Being in a assign to interrupt the man to the assign after they wake up in the morning and they absorb to take into story me, they correct know, ‘That man is more fit than me.’”