UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has one other large possibility for his subsequent title protection.

With all indicators initially pointing to a summer season showdown with Jorge Masvidal, it seems “Gamebred” could also be set to maneuver in a distinct route, with the fighter diverting his consideration to a possible rematch with Nate Diaz.

In line with Usman’s supervisor Ali Abdelaziz, if Masvidal isn’t subsequent Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) is prepared to present the title shot to Conor McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) as an alternative.

It seems like #1 contender desires to struggle Nate Diaz now . Good for him @TheNotoriousMMA hey you need a title shot? Come to daddy @USMAN84kg gives you one and he promise first 2 rounds with out takedowns solely slaps Face with tears of joy

Abdelaziz doubled down on the scenario in a press release to ESPN on Sunday night time.

It’s not the primary time the matchup between Usman and McGregor has been dropped at life, with former dual-champ McGregor expressing curiosity in profitable a 3rd UFC title after his latest win at UFC 246. Usman additionally teased the possibility of preventing McGregor in the summertime a number of months in the past.

McGregor, who’s but to answer Usman and his workforce, returned in emphatic vogue when he stopped Donald Cerrone in simply 40 seconds in January, whereas Usman notched his first title protection final December at UFC 245, when he completed arch-rival Colby Covington late in Spherical 5 in among the finest fights of the 12 months.