Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman may be in his athletic prime, however ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ doesn’t plan to stay round for lengthy.
Usman revealed in a current interview with MMA Preventing that he may stroll away from the game after defending his title in opposition to Masvidal, claiming that he would have successfully cleared out the division.
“Being a realist, and I’m sincere with myself, and I do know that I can’t do that without end, and I don’t wish to do that without end,” Usman stated, per Clyde Aidoo of MMA Information. “Like I stated, we’re on a monitor proper now, and I’m simply to date forward of those guys that I’m coming again round and I’m lapping them now.”
“Speaking to a few of my mentors and a number of the greats which have finished this, what they’re telling me is that, in some unspecified time in the future, it’s gonna begin to…that waking up within the morning and heading to the fitness center to place in day by day work is gonna begin to get heavier and heavier when nothing actually motivates me like that anymore. So this one, like I stated, I’m motivated as a result of I didn’t really feel like I acquired that repair. I nonetheless have that feeling in me. And so I wish to go on the market and get this one.”
“However after this one, we’ve got to take a very arduous look and see what there’s on the market for me as a result of it’s not these guys. So whether or not it’s crossing over and doing one thing else or perhaps strolling away, you by no means know.”
Usman is undefeated within the UFC at 13-0 and has overwhelmed the likes of Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley and Rafael dos Anjos, cementing himself as one of many best welterweight champions in UFC historical past. The 33-year-old additionally holds the report for the longest profitable streak at 170 lbs., surpassing Georges St-Pierre in non-title fights.
UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 takes place this Saturday, April 24 on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Florida.