Kamaru Usman ‘not kidding’ about light-heavyweight switch, open to Jon Jones battle
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman isn’t kidding about in need of to move up to delicate heavyweight and win a second establish.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ doubled down on his delicate heavyweight plans at the UFC 278 media day and discussed he goals to speak to UFC president Dana White in regards to the state of affairs after he clears out the welterweight division with a victory over Leon Edwards on Saturday.
“I believe any battle that I battle next is going to be an enormous battle,” Usman discussed (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Combating). “I’ve already discussed that I would love that delicate heavyweight belt. For a large number of other people it’s crazy then again a large number of problems seem crazy until it’s finished.
“I discussed that I wanted it. After this win, [UFC President] Dana [White] and I will sit down down down and we’ll have a conversation.”
“You guys think that I kid after I stand up proper right here? I usually laugh after I’m kidding, then again I’m not kidding. Everyone thought I was participating in with all the ‘Canelo’ state of affairs. I wasn’t.”
Usman isn’t saying that he would run all over the delicate heavyweight division then again that he is more than ready to a hit a second championship at that weight class and beating the likes of Jiri Prochazka (champion) and Glover Teixeira.
“I’m not saying I would run all over the dept, don’t get me mistaken, then again at the best, I believe I will be able to get it finished,” Usman discussed. “I don’t need to put on no weight. Other folks don’t understand what my death grip is like. I will be able to get spherical you. I don’t care whether or not or no longer you’re heavyweight or 205, the ones understand what my power is. I have an idea what I wish to do in a battle, then again I go away that up to my coaches.
“I have an way of the best way I wish to battle those fights in my head, which usually comes out when everything else is failing inside the battle, I merely f****** go. On the other hand I wish to battle, I’m going to battle it. I’m going to check out the coaches’ means, that’s what y’all dialed up, I’m going to do it but if everything is failing, f*** it, let’s merely go.”
Usman would even be ready to check out his good fortune in opposition to delicate heavyweight G.O.A.T. and former UFC pound-for-pound No. 1 Jon Jones although he’s acutely aware of he will also be at an important downside given the latter is able to transition to heavyweight.
“We’ve got to chill with the ones situations now,” Usman, a career welterweight, discussed. “Nah, Jon is Jon, he’s large as hell, which is why he can merely make that transition to heavyweight. If the money’s right kind, I’ll take a look at my good fortune, then again Jon is very good. Jon is an unbelievable competitor and needless to say in that conversation as the all-time.”
UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards II takes place this Saturday, Aug. 20, at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake The town, Utah.