UFC: Kamaru Usman Pours Cold Water on Future Super Showdown With Khabib Nurmagomedov

  • Kamaru Usman believes fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov would be biggest in UFC’s history.
  • Welterweight champion admits bout may never happen following Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
  • Already eyeing fifth title defence in summer.

UFC welterweight champion and newly crowned pound-for-pound king, Kamaru Usman, has confirmed that despite being a huge draw, a future super fight against former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is unlikely to ever happen.

Since making his promotional debut back in 2015, Usman, 33, has enjoyed a truly spectacular rise in professional mixed martial arts.

Having fought a total of 19 times, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’, who is on a stunning 17 fight win streak, remains unbeaten in the UFC.

Following his title win against Tyron Woodley two years ago, Usman has gone on to successfully defend the 170lb strap on four different occasions.

Consecutive wins over Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns, and most recently Jorge Masvidal have cemented the African-born striker as the promotion’s number one fighter.

Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Kamaru Usman (Red Gloves) fights Jorge Masvidal (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Kamaru Usman (Red Gloves) fights Jorge Masvidal (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Summer Sizzler in Store for Usman?

Well on his way of clearing out the welterweight division, Usman, who already has wins over five of the classes’ top 10 contenders, has left fans wondering who could be next up.

Despite being in action just last weekend at UFC 261 and following a vicious second round knockout over Masvidal, Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has shockingly claimed his star client is already eyeing his next bout.

Speaking recently to ESPN’s Brett Okomoto, Abdelaziz revealed that Usman would like to fight at UFC 263, which is scheduled to take place in mid June.

He [Usman] said ‘June 12th, let’s throw Michael Cheisa’ – He asked me who has the longest winning streak in the division, top five or six? I said ‘Chiesa’.

Kamaru can fight three times more this year. You know, Lorenzo Feritta and Dana White told me something a little bit ago. I said the only way to stay relevant, Kamaru is the guy.

Kamaru Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz on potential UFC 263 fight

Going on to address the speculation that Covington could be granted a rematch following their 2019 showdown, Abdelaziz admitted that his client is leaving his options open.

Why Colby? Why are we going to put Colby in the spot? Why not Michael Cheisa right? – And Michael Cheisa, he can’t take Kamaru down, he can’t lay and pray on him.

Stylistically, it’s a good fight. You know, I think Kamaru, ten times out ten will beat him. I love Michael Cheisa, but why I will not give him an opportunity, right?

But I am not the promoter, I am not Dana White, but I am talking about scenarios.

Kamaru Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz on who the champion could face next
Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Kamaru Usman (Red Gloves) enters the ring to fight Jorge Masvidal (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Kamaru Usman (Red Gloves) enters the ring to fight Jorge Masvidal (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Usman Dreams of Ultimate Showdown with Nurmagomedov

Despite his manager’s recent claims that he could be set for a fifth title defense, just weeks after his last, the man himself has admitted he would relish the chance to face the recently retired Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov, who retired at the end of last year, called time on a stunning career.

Not only is ‘The Eagle’ widely regarded as the best to ever step foot inside the octagon, but the Dagestan wrestler also did it without ever being beaten.

Naturally, the prospect of dethroning Nurmagomedov would capture the imagination of all top-level fighters, but none more than Usman.

Speaking recently to TMZ, the welterweight champ admitted a potential future bout against the former lightweight king would “absolutely be the biggest” match-up in the UFC’s illustrious history.

However, despite the mouth-watering fantasy bout, Usman remains confident that fans are not likely to ever see the two men stand toe-to-toe.

I’ve lost faith in this one.

I think you have more of a chance at making Kamaru Usman and Georges St-Pierre happen before Kamaru Usman and Khabib.

Kamaru Usman on potential super-fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov
Leah is a 28-year-old professional British sports journalist who specialises in reporting on top-flight European football and MMA. Leah works for a top-tier UK sports media company which is where she can be found providing exclusive content and interviews with some of sport's biggest names. In her spare time Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American hip-hop!

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