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Usman on McGregor bout: He must want to die

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KAMARU Usman sounded nonchallant on Conor McGregor’s implicit challenge to fight him at welterweight following his TKO win against Colby Covington on Saturday at UFC 245.

“He must want to die,” Usman said when he was asked by TMZ on Monday about his reaction to the Irish superstar’s implied dare to bring a fight in his division. “This is not ’45, ’55. You saw what Khabib did to him. Oh my God. It wouldn’t be fair if I fought Conor.

Much respect to Conor for what he’s done for the sport and transcended it. But nah. This ain’t what you want. Just sit down, little man. Sit down. Learn to walk before you can run. Because I would hurt that guy.”

The Irish superstar, who is set to return inside the Octagon on January 18 to face Donald Cerrone also at 170, posted on his twitter account a subtle taunt seemingly towards the Nigerian-American champion that read, “145. 155. 170.”

The Nigerian Nightmare simply shrugged off McGregor’s dare, in the same manner he seems uninterested to fight Jorge Masvidal. Instead, Usman expressed his interest to test the retired welterweight great, Georges St. Pierre.

“If I had to choose, of course I want Georges,” Usman said. “I want GSP. One more win and I tie him for the most consecutive wins. How sweet would that be to actually get that win off of him?”

GSP last fought in 2017 when he captured the UFC middleweight belt from Michael Bisping via rear naked choke. Although officially retired, the 38-year-old remains active in training at the Tristar Gym in Montreal.

But should he decide to compete again in a professional fight, Usman said that a main card that banners their names would be a huge event for the sport – and his confidence to beat the MMA legend is simply unmatched.

“I think it’s a big, big, big fight,” Usman said. “All due respect to Georges, but I think I finish him.”

UFC president, Dana White plans to talk to Conor McGregor soon and does not buy the retirement claims of the Irishman. Conor McGregor of Ireland looks on in the octagon before competing against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 2.

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