The reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, who knocked out Jorge Masvidal six days ago at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, is ready to make another title defense in less than two months.
This was announced in an interview with Brett Okamoto by the manager of the Nigerian, Ali Abdelaziz.
“Kamaru called me yesterday and said that he wants to fight on June 12 with the one who has the longest streak in the division and who does not have a scheduled fight – I told him that it was Michael Chiesa,” Ali Abdelaziz said.
“He said to arrange this fight, and I conveyed his wish to the UFC. Kamaru may have three more fights this year. Why should he fight Colby Covington? Why not Michael Chiesa? Stylistically, this is a good fight. I’m sure Kamaru will beat him ten times out of ten, but why not give him a chance? Again, I’m not a promoter, I’m not Dana White, and I’m just suggesting scripts, but if they send a contract, Kamaru will fight Michael Chiesa on June 12th. “
Video: Interview with Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00), including updates on Gaethje, Zabit, Makhachev, the idea of a Chimaev/Nick Diaz fight, and Usman wanting to return … in June? https://t.co/KsUEFsIo9H— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 30, 2021
The 33-year-old Michael Chiesa is currently on a four-win streak and is ranked seventh in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Recall that on June 12, Las Vegas will host the UFC 263 tournament, the main event of which will be the middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori.