Kamaru Usman believes he’s the true star going into UFC 261.
Usman will headline the upcoming pay-per-view occasion happening April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida, towards Jorge Masvidal in what can be a rematch of their welterweight title combat final yr.
It should additionally notably be the primary UFC occasion that may characteristic followers in full attendance ever because the pandemic shut down majority of the world final yr.
With two different title fights on present, the UFC is definitely going massive with this occasion — particularly with Masvidal being the most important star participating on the night time.
Not in response to Usman, nonetheless.
“You may’t say you’re the star and that’s who I wish to beat,” Usman advised ESPN (by way of Center Straightforward). “That’s flawed as a result of I’ve what all people desires. So you’ll be able to’t say that. In fact, does he deliver extra eyes proper now? Completely. If I take a look at all of the swimming pools of fellows, I’ve been via all of them and now I’m simply lapping all of them. If we’re working a race proper now, I’m lapping all people proper now, and he’s the primary man. So he’s lifeless final proper now, and the primary man that I’m going to lap. I’m lapping him.
“Does he deliver somewhat bit extra eyes? Completely, I don’t take that away from him. I’m pleased with him for all the pieces that he’s performed, completely pleased with him, and respect in that facet. However let’s be sincere, I’ve what all people desires. It’s inexperienced panty night time once you combat me. He’s not getting the pay-per-views and stuff like that on his personal, he has to combat me.”
Usman definitely brings up a great level as we haven’t seen Masvidal’s pulling energy when he isn’t headlining towards the champion or one other mainstream star in Nate Diaz.
That mentioned, his star can solely rise if he goes on to defeat Usman and turn out to be welterweight champion.
Do you agree with Usman?