Kamaru Usman labels Khabib Nurmagomedov’s potential fight as ‘the greatest fight in UFC history’, but admits he has ‘lost faith’ that an explosive showdown will ever take place once the undefeated Russian retires.
- Kamaru Usman would like Khabib Nurmagomedov to retire
- Usman has labeled a possible match with Khabib as ‘the greatest ever’ in UFC
- Khabib stepped out of the Octagon after beating Justin Gaethje in October
- And with the undefeated man still gone, Usman has admitted to ‘losing faith’
Kamaru Usman has labeled a potential fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘the greatest’ ever in UFC, but admits he doubts it will happen.
Usman is on track to become arguably the greatest welterweight king after the devastating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 – and a showdown with the undefeated Dagestani is a delightful prospect.
However, Khabib retired in October after defeating Justin Gaethje after promising his mother that he would step away from the Octagon, and seems adamant that he will not be returning in the future.
Kamaru Usman has labeled a possible fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘the greatest’ ever
Just after his stunning knockout win over Masvidal, which was sealed in the second round with an explosive right-handed, the bullish Usman admitted he is keen to see Khabib come back.
“It was definitely going to be the biggest fight in UFC history,” Usman said TMZ.
But the problem is it wouldn’t happen.
Usman also admitted that Khabib is unlikely to retire after beating Justin Gaethje
‘I’ve lost faith in this one. I think you have a better chance of Kamaru Usman and Georges St Pierre happening before Kamaru Usman and Khabib. ‘
“It just won’t happen.”
Usman underlined his terrifying credentials as ‘the best in the world’, a term he used to describe himself, against Masvidal – becoming the first fighter in MMA history to kill his opponent.
The staggering punch will certainly be in the fight for KO of the Year, and the successful defense of his 170lb tire saw his win streak stretch to 14 fights.
Usman (left) would like Khabib (right) to retire, but says it ‘just won’t happen’
Khabib promised his mother he would quit after devastating Gaethje at UFC 254 on Fight Island
His impeccable track record is now the second longest in UFC history, just behind Anderson Silva’s all-consuming romp with 16 fights between 2006 and 2012.
Dana White praised Usman after his win and confirmed after the fight that the champion will likely take on Colby Covington.
With Usman’s stock at an all-time high, YouTuber boxer Jake Paul quickly called him after he comfortably aired Ben Askren last month.
Jake Paul quickly called Usman out for a cross fight and also hinted at a lucrative payday
Usman said he is ‘not a Disney kid’ and told YouTuber he became boxer Paul to ‘stay on that side’
“Challenge accepted,” tweeted Paul. @ Usman84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever did let me know and we can strap them up. I promise it will be your biggest payday. ‘
The Nigerian Nightmare shot back, posting: “Keep earning your money, young man, and stay on that side. I am not a Disney kid and I don’t play fights [sic]. ‘
A fight between the duo would no doubt be lucrative, but the UFC is unlikely to approve the cross fight for Usman.