The broken-down UFC welterweight champion seen the enchantment in a matchup with the undefeated Chimaev, but the probably of the fight taking place anytime soon is a long way flung supplied that Chimaev’s next look will most definitely be in a 185-pound bout in opposition to Paulo Costa at UFC 294 in October. Usman and Chimaev these days traded public jabs about why their fight hasn’t came about yet, with Chimaev questioning why Usman obtained’t transfer up to middleweight to face him.
In his lone look of 2023, Usman didn’t rep the welterweight title from Leon Edwards and he hopes to leap befriend this 365 days. Nonetheless, he’s already striking Chimaev in the rear-uncover.
“I’m taking pictures for this 365 days, fall,” Usman instructed TMZ. “We’ll be aware. I’ve already said, ‘Hey, I’m ready to fight,’ but the component too is it has to provide sense. Who on the earth didn’t agree that that Khamzat fight made sense? Nonetheless your man who has been in the UFC, what, two years now, and he fought actually 5 guys, 5 fights, they’ve you ever ranked at No. 3. You fought one ranked man. They’ve you ever ranked at No. 3 in my division. I’m No. 1 and I mutter OK let’s fight. I’ll shuffle down and fight you. It didn’t matter the build apart, but then you positively mutter, ‘No, I don’t are attempting to provide that weight. Attain up to middleweight to fight me.’
“Wait, so that you just prefer to possess to sing me, the broken-down champion, at this weight, that’s No. 1 ranked on this planet at that weight, that I possess to transfer up to middleweight to fight. Who’re you? Who’re you? That’s what I’m saying. It’s the disrespect of the game. I even wished to provide it sweet and I said, ‘UFC, you respect what? I’ll come up with that catchweight. I’ll come up with a catchweight. You name the catchweight and I’ll give it to you.’ And [Chimaev says,] ‘Oh no, I will be able to’t produce that. Attain up to middleweight.’
“So you prefer to possess me, who’s build the time in and performed every thing in this sport, to reach befriend up to middleweight to fight you, who’s performed nothing in this sport, because you’re hype? Attain on, man, that made no sense. And it didn’t produce sense for the UFC as effectively, so the UFC said [to Chimaev], ‘You know what? We’ll get you somebody.’ I judge he’s got his fingers elephantine. If basically the most attention-grabbing Paulo Costa reveals up in a fight, he’s got his fingers elephantine.”
Currently, the upper tier of the middleweight division is stuffed with skilled names and up-and-coming contenders, so Usman knows his next fight will most definitely be in opposition to somebody decrease in the rankings. He was once requested if he’d favor to face Shavkat Rakhmonov with Rakhmonov losing scheduled opponent Kelvin Gastelum to hurt, but said he’d pretty not snatch that fight supplied that Rakhmonov has educated with him at Ruin Cliff FC in Florida.
He is commence to a extra stylish suggestion, two-time UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson. “Wonderboy” was once purported to fight Michel Pereira at UFC 291 this past weekend, but declined when Pereira ignored the welterweight restrict by three pounds.
“The single guys that would even produce sense most attention-grabbing now, Wonderboy, because he’s an opponent, he’s been spherical goodbye and he’s most attention-grabbing that name to the build apart it’s repeatedly an improbable fight. … His model is terribly, very complicated to fight,” Usman said. “He’s most attention-grabbing with out a doubt one of those names in my generation that I never actually got to fight. So I judge Wonderboy I would positively snatch into yarn that.
“I do know each person’s crucifying him for not taking that fight, but why? I don’t realize that. Why? I be aware of us delight in, ‘He’s a b****,’ ‘He’s nervous, he didn’t are attempting to grab the fight.’ Why? We signed on the contract and [Pereira] said that he was once going to provide this weight. He decided to not provide that weight and [Thompson] instructed him, ‘OK, I need you to return and I need you to provide the weight.’ And if he’s not going to strive, why is that my fault? No, completely not my fault. So of us possess to live that. Wonderboy did his job. He came in there, he made weight, he educated for the fight, and what else extra can you ask of from him?”
The assorted name piquing Usman’s curiosity is top-ranked fighter Belal Muhammad. “Have in mind The Establish” is on a 10-fight unbeaten hunch and is coming off of a ambitious 5-spherical resolution acquire over Gilbert Burns at UFC 288.
Usman knows that matchup will only happen if each men are though-provoking to threat their space.
“Belal Muhammad, he’s extra or much less sitting in that build the build apart he’s delight in, ‘I don’t are attempting to threat my title hopes. They’ve already instructed me that I could be next,’ on every occasion that’s, despite the indisputable reality that it’s a 365 days or no matter,” Usman said. “He doesn’t are attempting to threat that chance for the title, so I judge those are the one two guys that actually produce sense. Whenever you happen to perceive at the roster, who else? These are the guys that produce sense.”