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UFC’s Kamaru Usman: Conor McGregor Calling Me a ‘Bum’ Was ‘Type of Disrespectful’

Mike Chiari @@mikechiari Featured Columnist IV May 22, 2024 Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman clapped back this week after Conor McGregor recently made disparaging comments about him. During an appearance on the Pound 4 Pound podcast (h/t Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting), Usman took aim at McGregor

UFC’s Kamaru Usman: Conor McGregor Calling Me a ‘Bum’ Was ‘Type of Disrespectful’

Mike LogoFeatured Columnist IVMight 22, 2024

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 21: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after a decision loss against Khamzat Chimaev of the United Arab Emirates in a middleweight fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman clapped again this week after Conor McGregor lately made disparaging feedback about him.

Throughout an look on the Pound 4 Pound podcast (h/t Alexander K. Lee of MMA Combating), Usman took intention at McGregor and claimed that the Irishman had the possibility to struggle him previously, however did not take it:

“In the event you wished the chance to struggle me, I gave Conor two alternatives to struggle me. Two alternatives, whereas I used to be champion. I gave him two alternatives to struggle me. I informed him, ‘Hey, if you need a crack at that third belt, who higher?’ I used to be on the run that I used to be on, who higher that he might come up and struggle. He talked about it, he bounced forwards and backwards, when he wished to make his return he stated, ‘Yeah, possibly I am going to go up and seize the third belt.’

“It’s what it’s, Conor. In the event you wished to struggle, you had your alternative, however you did not. So to name me a bum is form of disrespectful and I did not disrespect you whenever you have been having your troubles, so I feel it is typically simpler and it is higher—properly, it isn’t simpler—it is higher that you just put that whisky bottle down and truly come again to your wits and be father and position mannequin.”

Usman’s feedback have been in response to McGregor lately criticizing Usman on a reside Q&A by calling him a “bum.”

The 37-year-old Usman was as soon as one in all UFC’s largest stars, as he started his skilled MMA profession 20-1.

Usman beat Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 235 in 2019 and proceeded to efficiently defend it 5 instances towards the likes of Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.

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The Nigerian Nightmare’s title run got here to an finish at UFC 278 in 2022 when he was stopped by Leon Edwards. That started a downturn in Usman’s profession, as he additionally misplaced a rematch towards Edwards after which fell to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294 in October.

Whereas Usman is on a three-fight shedding streak, it has been years since McGregor final stepped foot within the Octagon.

McGregor has not fought since his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021. McGregor suffered a damaged leg throughout that bout, and he has been working his means again ever since.

The Poirier struggle marked McGregor’s third loss in 4 outings, which represented a major fall from grace for a fighter who beforehand held the UFC featherweight and light-weight titles.

McGregor is lastly scheduled to return to motion at UFC 303 in June, as he’ll conflict with fellow The Final Fighter 31 coach Michael Chandler.

Usman stated McGregor tearing down each him and different fighters moderately than specializing in his personal profession is “disgraceful.”

Additionally, whereas Usman credited McGregor has an ideal fighter when he’s on his sport, he prompt {that a} Chandler knockout win could possibly be on the horizon if McGregor would not hone in on his personal preparations.

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