UFC: McGregor ramps up prep for Poirier rematch
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Conor McGregor has stoked rumours of a future meeting with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman by attempting to provoke the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ on Twitter after his successful title defence on Saturday night. Usman stopped Jorge Masvidal with a ferocious blow in the second round at UFC 261 in Florida, defending his belt and consolidating his position as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
The bout was a rematch of the pair’s clash last year, a fight that Masvidal took on less than a week’s notice.
Their original contest went the distance but Usman was declared the winner on the judges’ scorecards via unanimous decision.
The 33-year-old delivered a brutal performance on Saturday night to follow up his earlier victory in impressive style.
He was rocked in the opening round by a well-placed rising knee from Masvidal, but recovered well to retain his dominance over the American and finish the fight in the second with a devastating right hand that knocked his opponent out cold.
McGregor’s response to the fight came in the form of a series of tweets in which he accused Usman of emulating his style, accompanied by a short clip from the Irishman’s defeat at the hands of Dustin Poirier back in January.
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He also suggested that he could look to seal his third championship belt by facing Usman for the welterweight title in the near future.
“Usman even copying my shots now,” wrote McGregor. “Am I to fight this guy at some stage? I think so.
“Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon.”
McGregor then suggested that he would spend the rest of 2021 at his current fighting weight of 155lbs before moving up to welterweight in order to challenge Usman next year.
“I’m a block at 170 guys,” he added. “Give me till end of year at this 155 weight. I’ll get the strap and then I’ll go up again.”
UFC 261 also played host to Chris Weidman’s middleweight bout with Uriah Hall, who claimed his 18th career victory after the former suffered a sickening leg break in the first round.
Weidman’s shin bone snapped in horrific fashion under the stress of a leg kick thrown at his opponent, rendering him unable to continue.
McGregor offered his condolences to the stricken 36-year-old, before suggesting that his injury was likely caused by underlying bone damage rather than the impact itself.
“Hoping Chris Weidman has full recovery! Never nice to see,” said the Irishman.
“Crazy is the calf kick. No skill, balance, or flexibility, or anything does it take. It’s like watching a punt of a pig skin in the 50s. Up the yard!
“Crazy how it can go either way. One great for you, or real bad against.
“He had to have a load of micro fractures in the leg possibly for it snap then. The placement of the kick was nice enough.
“It wasn’t fully checked. He hit the meat. Enough of it anyway. Had to have been damaged over time without knowing.
“Wear and tear. Careful on them kicks lads!”
The Dublin native is scheduled to face Poirier at lightweight for a third time at UFC 264 in order to finally produce a winner between the two long-term rivals.
The pair are currently tied at 1-1 after January’s event saw ‘The Diamond’ draw level with an impressive second-round stoppage.
McGregor finished Poirier inside the opening round when they shared the Octagon for the first time in 2013.
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