Kamaru Usman takes a swipe at Jorge Masvidal at the same time as calling out Canelo Alvarez

  • Tom Ward
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Kamaru Usman couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a pop at Jorge Masvidal – at the same time as calling for a chance to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Usman, 35, has continuously chased a mega-money boxing match with the Mexican superstar.

The Nigerian Nightmare, who is the UFC‘s current pound-for-pound king according to the official rankings, only has one loss on his 21-fight record.

But Usman also took a swipe at Masvidal after he joked he ‘sent him to the shadow realm’ whilst suggesting ‘he’s still up there’.

The pair first met on Fight Island in July 2020, with Usman successfully defending the UFC welterweight title after a fairly boring fight.

But Usman was a different animal the second time round and showed off his new and improved striking, dominating the fight before knocking his man out in the second round.

During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, the 35-year-old said: “You would think I train on how to punch people’s faces.

“I put in work. I put in work each and every day, whether it’s boxing or kickboxing. We put in the time.

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“With that time, I’m confident in my abilities. Listen, when I said, ‘Hey, Jorge Masvidal, you said you wanted a full camp, that you were going to be able to take me out with a full camp.’ I said, ‘Hey, this time I’m going to knock your head to the moon and I’m going to do it.’

“After I went out there and dealt with [Gilbert] Burns, I got him back and said, ‘Masvidal, you’re next. I’ll give you another shot, I’ll give you a full camp and I’m knocking your head to the moon this time.’

“Everyone said, ‘Masvidal’s the best boxer in MMA.’ I sent him to the shadow realm. I think he’s still up there.

“I’m brave enough to go into your arena to do it. Can you say the same thing? None of these boxers are willing unless you’re James Toney back [in 2010] when he fought Randy Couture.

“These guys aren’t willing to do it.

“I’m brave enough to say, ‘F*** you, I’m coming in there and I’m going to come in there and give you hell as long as I’m able to do this.’”

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Despite Canelo’s loss to Dmitry Bivol, Usman has refused to give up on the chances of it happening.

And he feels it would be a much more competitive fight than the one between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather as he believes they are both at the peak of their powers right now.

Usman said: “Let’s be honest, a lot of people knew kind of what was going to happen just because Conor was just that guy, and then you’re fighting a guy in Floyd who doesn’t get hit. I don’t care who you are. Professional boxers just won’t hit him.

“He’s not one of those guys who’s going to just stand there and trade punches with you to where you have a shot. He’s just not that guy. Now that was that scenario, that’s why that was so big, because these guys could talk.

“When you have the pound-for-pound boxer on the planet at the moment where he’s going to stand there, he’s going to bang, he’s going to fight. He’s coming in there to hurt you. Then you’ve got the pound-for-pound fighter on the planet around the same weight class that can actually do it and both be in their prime? You’ve never had that.

“I’m not a big talker to go out there and talk a bunch of trash and a bunch of s*** – I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you what I’m capable of doing. I 100 percent stand by that, and you can look at every guy that I’ve talked about doing certain things to, and I definitely did those.”

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