Kamaru Usman has admitted to thinking of becoming a two-division champion. The reigning UFC welterweight champion claimed in an interview recently that he had pondered chasing a second belt in the light heavyweight category at some time in the previous year.
Usman currently competes at 170-pounds, but as he has already stated, he has no desire in going up against the 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya, a friend with whom he shares Nigerian ancestry.
Jan Blachowicz, who successfully defended his light heavyweight title against Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 before losing it seven months later to Glover Teixeira, was Usman’s target.
He said: “I was going to skip Israel and go fight Jan at 205 [pounds]. Because I’m pound-for-pound, I want to prove it. No matter what weight it is, I thought he was a really good matchup for me.”
In MMA Fighting’s Pound-for-Pound Rankings, Usman is currently ranked first.
Despite the fact that Blachowicz is no longer the champion, he is still recognised as one of the best fighters in the sport, having won nine of his ten fights prior to his loss to Teixeira. The notables that have fallen against the Polish power puncher include Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, current Bellator standout Corey Anderson, Ronaldo Souza, and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold have been defeated by
Despite this, Usman was optimistic about his chances against the previous champion.
“I think I would beat him,” the “Nigerian Nightmare” said.
Usman touched on his rivalry with Colby Covington, a two-fight rivalry that has seen Usman’s hand raised after nearly 10 rounds of action on two occasions and has gotten a lot of attention, thanks to Covington’s trash talk.
The Nigerian, who is not renowned for having a bizarre personality, said he understands why Covington and other fighters need to build a persona to advertise themselves, even if he does not do so himself.
He demonstrated this understanding when he said: “Conor McGregor is a perfect example. Completely ignore the respect aspect and you get super famous. How do you tell these kids nowadays, ‘Hey, respect is the most important thing,’ when they can be super rich and famous like Conor?”