A “super” fight between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman. and Middleweight roost ruler, Israel Adesanya, would not come cheap.
Usman is currently preparing to defend his 170-pound title against rival Colby Covington at UFC 268, which will take place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City this weekend (Sat., Nov. 6, 2021), streaming online via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). As Usman closes the gap between him and Georges St-Pierre in many fans' eyes as the all-time best welterweight, people are curious about Usman vs. Adesanya.
“Adesanya is my guy, that’s something me and him would have to discuss. There’s a difference between fighting and competing,” Usman told ESPN during UFC 268 fight week (h/t LowKickMMA). “If me and him decide we want to compete, and the UFC is throwing $100 million at us, then we’ll make it happen.”
Usman previously expressed his hesitation toward fighting Adesanya in a 2020 interview with UFC commentator, comedian and podcast host, Joe Rogan.
“I don’t see myself ever fighting Israel even though a lot of people have hinted toward it,” Usman said the JRE MMA Show last year. “I don’t see myself fighting him. Having two belts in Nigeria is better than just having one guy hold two belts. There’s no desire there. That’s my guy. He’s special.”
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