- Kamaru Usman would relish a mega-combat in opposition to all-time awesome fighter Georges St. Pierre.
- Usman spots his UFC welterweight championship belt on the highway in a higher-stakes “Battle Island” most significant situation on the function-constructed Flash Dialogue board.
- “Battle Island” is a quarantined place of Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, and is a level of competition of elite merged martial arts competitions, commencing Saturday, July 11, and ending on July 25.
- Usman fights Jorge Masvidal on July 11 and just about every fighters have been linked with rewarding showdowns ought to they earn.
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Fight ISLAND — Kamaru Usman pointed out he would goal all-time good welterweight Georges St. Pierre in a UFC mega-combat, should to he retain his title at UFC 251 on Saturday.
Standing in Usman’s indicates is the No.a few rated challenger within the 170-pound division, and winner of the “Unhealthy Mother F—–” belt, Jorge Masvidal.
The 2 athletes collide within the headlining bout in just the UFC’s most important card of the 12 months, the major of 4 instances on “Battle Island,” a quarantined space on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Just about every fighters weighed-in Friday on the welterweight limit, 170 kilos, at a ceremony contained in the Flash Discussion board, the powering-closed-doorways, intent-designed spot which holds all “Battle Island” bouts this month.
Right after the ceremony, Usman, who was talking by way of a coronavirus masks to change to UAE authorities guidelines, mentioned ought to he defeat Masvidal, he would relish a potential battle with St. Pierre.
“The adhering to following Masvidal … I do not know, that is as significantly as the advertising,” Usman pointed out. “Whoever they toss at me, is who I’ll tackle. I do not like picking and deciding on.
“[But] in truth … I may appreciate Georges St. Pierre.”
St. Pierre has spoken before than of a mega-battle
A two-excess weight UFC champion who as shortly as held the file for many wins in title bouts, the Canadian athlete, ultimate competed in 2017. He received right here out of a 4-12 months retirement to conquer Michael Bisping with a third-round rear-bare choke, which include the middleweight title to his honors roll.
Though St. Pierre has not competed in an MMA struggle considering that he did say previously this 12 months that he experienced for a very prolonged time been concentrated on a mega-struggle with the reigning UFC gentle-bodyweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In line with St. Pierre, 39, the UFC was loathed to give him a shot at Nurmagomedov as a result of he mentioned the company feared he’d earn and promptly retire with the championship.
“They did not will need to consider the risk of me prosperous the title following which vacating at the time additional,” St-Pierre informed ESPN in April.
Usman is just not the just one Battle Islander joined to a hard cash fight
On the Flash Dialogue board on Friday, all through the similar media occasion, Usman experienced spoken of his want to go after a St. Pierre fight, the UFC president Dana White knowledgeable reporters that UFC 251 on Saturday was presently trending higher than a Conor McGregor battle.
In line with White, it may be 1 of quite a few most effective-providing enjoying cards in UFC historic past.
“This aspect is trending higher than a Conor McGregor struggle. The one aspect this fight is corresponding to is Conor vs. Khabib [the best-selling UFC fight ever],” White outlined.
Ought to Masvidal defeat Usman and increase the welterweight title to his “Baddest Mother F—–” belt, then may well a bout concerning him and McGregor produce into the most essential UFC struggle ever?
“Yeah, it may well be,” White outlined.
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