In his latest bid to entice current UFC welterweight titleholder, Kamaru Usman to the Octagon – former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor has told the Auchi native to ‘put up or shut up’ after Usman criticized McGregor’s boxing ability.
Conor McGregor, who has been sidelined since July of last year, most recently headlined UFC 264 against three-time foe and former interim lightweight gold holder, Dustin Poirier – suffering a fractured tibia, resulting in an opening round doctor’s stoppage loss.
The 33-year-old has since returned to boxing training, and has posted several videos across his social media, displaying his boxing pad work, which has garnered the action of former two-weight UFC champion, Henry Cejudo, and now Usman.
Poking fun at both McGregor and the Straight Blast Gym’s teammate, Dillon Danis, the above mentioned, Usman replied to a video of McGregor hitting boxing pads, in which he claimed he would “break heads” in his return, claiming that even Danis, a renowned grappler, would display boxing ability during pad work.
“I’m gonna break a head with these,” Conor McGregor tweeted with an accompanying video of him hitting pads. “Add it to the list of heads.
“(Laughing face emojis) Even (Dillon) Danis looks ok on pads lol,” Kamaru Usman tweeted to Conor McGregor.
“Put your money where your mouth is then,” Conor McGregor tweeted back to Kamaru Usman. “Oh wait (laughing face emoji).”
The latest interaction between Usman and McGregor stems from initial claims from McGregor that the Nigerian-born champion would offer him nothing he has not already witnessed before inside the Octagon.
McGregor also claimed that he envisioned a UFC return against the reigning welterweight kingpin, in a bid to become the first three-weight champion in the history of the organization.
UFC president, Dana White claimed a fight between Conor McGregor and Kamaru Usman would be “interesting”
In response to McGregor’s claims and calls for a fight, Usman maintained that at this stage of the Crumlin native’s career, a beating that he would dish out to him is not something he needs.
“Conor (McGregor) is in a state of his life to the position to where he’s just all about talk,” Kamaru Usman said. “It’s just all talk, all talk. And I don’t want to be in that position. He’s a big enough star, yes, of course, that would be great. That’s a quick challenge. But I just don’t think it’s good for him. The way that he approaches the game, and it’s not good for him to take the type of beating that he would take from me. It’s not great for him.”
“I think he should just stick to what he’s doing and find something to do that’s going to help him that’s going to give him that peace and satisfaction,” Kamaru Usman continued. “By wanting to fight a guy like myself or champions like myself, it’s not good for Conor McGregor.”
Update, McGregor’s response to Usman has since been deleted on his official Twitter