Don’t count on a welterweight title combat between Kamaru Usman and Nate Diaz ought to Diaz defeat Leon Edwards at UFC 262 subsequent month.
An Usman vs. Diaz showdown isn’t to be anticipated not as a result of Usman can be unwilling to defend the welterweight title in opposition to Diaz if each males emerge victorious of their upcoming bouts. Quite the opposite, the welterweight champion merely doesn’t suppose Diaz can be keen to combat him, even when the chance was offered to him. In an ESPN interview launched Thursday, Usman defined why he feels that means.
“In accordance with me? Completely. me. I don’t shrink back from any problem,” Usman started when requested a couple of potential title combat in opposition to Nate Diaz. “I’ll tackle anyone. However in keeping with him? I feel that’s the second case to the place a fighter says flat out, ‘ what? I don’t even desire a title shot. I’m good.”
The primary time? That might be Conor McGregor. Usman recollects the occasion final yr when McGregor teased shifting as much as welterweight to be the primary UFC fighter to win the world title in three separate divisions. “The Nigerian Nightmare” gave McGregor the chance to understand this dream, however no response was ever offered from The Infamous One. Usman can see the identical factor occurring with Nate Diaz, who has dismissed Usman as a possible opponent up to now.
“I’ve supplied it to Conor when was working his mouth that the third belt regarded nice to him and this and that. And I mentioned, ‘Yo… I’m right here. I’m obtainable. What date do you wish to do it?’ However he was quiet. He didn’t reply. In order that’s the primary case the place a man’s similar to, ‘ what? I don’t need none of these issues. I don’t wish to do it.’ And I feel it will most likely be the second case. If he was capable of get that win, yeah, I feel he will certainly be turning down my title shot.”
One one who most actually wouldn’t be turning down a title ought to can be Leon Edwards, who can be going through Diaz within the first-ever five-round co-main occasion at UFC 262. As for Diaz, a combat in opposition to Usman can be his second world title shot within the UFC and his first within the welterweight division. Diaz challenged Benson Henderson for the light-weight title in 2012 and misplaced by way of unanimous determination.
Kamaru Usman’s subsequent title protection can be in opposition to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in lower than two weeks on April 24.
Do you agree with Kamaru Usman? Would Nate Diaz flip down a title combat if it could be in opposition to him?