MMA legend Daniel Cormier believes that the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is obliged to consider the possibility of holding a fight with the scandalous Irishman Conor McGregor, who recently promised fans to win the 170-pound belt.
“If (Kamaru) Usman gets through (Colby) Covington again, and the Conor McGregor fight is an opportunity, why wouldn’t he do it? Any person with a brain would do that. Usman fought against (Jorge) Masvidal on 7 days (7 days’ notice) when Masvidal had all the hype right? When he (Masvidal) had been knocking everybody out, got on the plane, stopped in Italy for the pizza – did all that whole thing. And he (Usman) sold more pay-per-views than he’s ever sold in his life. Then he (Usman) fought him again, right? But he fought him again after fighting Gilbert Burns – And (after) seeing the difference in a pay-per-view against a guy that is a very difficult fight but may not have the name and a guy that is an easier fight but has a massive name.”
“So, if I’m Kamaru Usman, for my style, I’m definitely taking that (Conor McGregor fight) or looking into it as an opportunity. Because you and I both know that Conor McGregor is the biggest star in all of mixed martial arts. And that won’t change; wins, losses. It won’t change. He will constantly stay as the marquee name in mixed martial arts.” – said Daniel Cormier
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is recovering from the leg injury that he suffered in his trilogy matchup against Dustin Poirier, a lightweight bout at UFC 264 in July 2021.
While the Irishman has suggested that he is open to fighting Usman for the welterweight title, he’s also consistently maintained that his rivalry with Poirier is far from over.