Usman (16-1) informed ESPN on Tuesday that he has been coaching since February and has supplied to defend his 170-pound UFC championship in April, Could, June and now July.
Many anticipated Usman’s subsequent title protection to return towards Masvidal (35-15), who has expressed curiosity in a non-title rematch towards Nate Diaz in current days.
If Masvidal will not be accessible, Usman mentioned he’ll ask the UFC to guide him towards McGregor (22-4), a former two-weight champion who has expressed curiosity in a summer time return.
“That is what I’ve to say: Each [McGregor and Masvidal],” Usman mentioned. “Each guys are champions of Twitter, speaking s— on Twitter. Within the historical past [of MMA], who has ever mentioned no to a title shot? I am that man. I am the boogeyman who these guys are saying no to a title shot towards. They usually higher stay quiet.
“Jorge Masvidal, you had a chance on April 18, Could 9, June and now July. You need to combat Nate — a combat that wasn’t even aggressive. And Conor, you mentioned you needed to be the king of the 170-pound division. Now you are quiet. So you already know what? Simply stay quiet. I’ve given each of you a shot, and none of you will have taken it.”
Masvidal, 35, hasn’t fought since he defeated Diaz by way of TKO in November in Madison Sq. Backyard. McGregor, 31, had a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone in January.
Usman, a former NCAA Division II nationwide champion wrestler, mentioned he would even comply with not take McGregor, who doesn’t have an amateur-wrestling background, to the canvas within the first two rounds of their title combat.
“I’ll signal a contract with Conor McGregor. We’ll put it within the contract: First or second spherical, I will not take you down,” mentioned Usman, who lives and trains out of South Florida and is presently cross-training in Colorado.
“Yeah, if I would like you down, there is no ifs, ands or buts about it. But when I need to arise with you, I’ll. Am I going to attempt to knock Conor McGregor out? Completely. I’ll attempt to knock his head off his F’ing shoulders.”