The former two-weight world champion has built to over 190 pounds during his recovery from a broken leg and has demanded a shot at Usman’s world welterweight title
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Conor McGregor was warned that Kamaru Usman would prove too dangerous for him should he receive a welterweight title fight.
Former two-weight world champion stated last week that he wanted to make more history by moving back up to welterweight and becoming champion; the only person to ever win belts of three different weights. However, to win that title he would face what is arguably the toughest test of his career in Usman, which is a terrible match for the Irishman stylistically.
He refutes style concerns, saying he has nothing to fear against his rival, but fellow two-weight world champion Daniel Cormier thinks he’s underestimating the challenge. None of the UFC’s top welterweights have been able to beat the Nigerian since becoming a contender, including Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, who have attempted twice.
And Cormier thinks the size difference will be too big for McGregor, saying on his ESPN show: “Kamaru Usman said you almost want to see a murder. Because honestly, if you look at these two, if you look at Usman and McGregor, you get the man. Kamaru Usman is too big, he is too strong, he is too physical. He would cause a lot of problems for Conor.”
Cormier had been asked if Usman McGregor had “taken the bait” by even responding to the Irishman’s demands. But the ex-heavyweight champion and Olympic wrestler insisted fighters must give the draw and notoriety McGregor brings to everyone he interacts with.
“He took the bait,” Cormier joked. “But if you are Kamaru Usman, you must do it. He [ Conor McGregor ] is the biggest draw of the game and honestly Conor’s could get us but it doesn’t pose that many problems for Kamaru Usman.”
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McGregor is known for his featherweight and lightweight exploits, where he won gold with both the UFC and the Cage Warriors, but has also flirted with a move to welterweight in a few select bouts. When Rafael Dos Anjos retired from his lightweight title shot in 2016, McGregor jumped to the new weight to face Nate Diaz.
After losing that bout, he insisted on a rematch with exactly the same terms, including that the bout be at welterweight rather than lightweight, which would be both men’s preferred division. He then switched back to lightweight to win the belt from Eddie Alvarez and fought him at essentially the same weight Floyd Mayweather in boxing.
He lost his first MMA fight at 155 pounds when he returned to the cage to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the belt after the Mayweather fight and was back at welterweight for his comeback in 2020 against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He returned to lightweight last year for two fights with Dustin Poirier but now appears to want to make welterweight his permanent home.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/conor-mcgregor-kamaru-usman-fight-26535118 Conor McGregor warned Kamaru Usman he will be 'too tall' after the title is declared