Conor McGregor Wants Kamaru Usman Fight: He's 'Even Copying My Shots Now'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2021

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, file photo, Conor McGregor smiles after defeating Donald
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Conor McGregor hasn't gotten past Dustin Poirier yet, but he's already looking forward to a potential match with Kamaru Usman.

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Usman even copying my shots now. 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. https://t.co/FEQgj9AsAy

McGregor called out Usman for using a combination similar to his in Saturday's UFC 261 victory over Jorge Masvidal. 

While the combo Usman used to knock out Masvidal was hardly unique to McGregor, this isn't the first time people have noticed similarities. Several fans—and McGregor himself—have noticed Usman using similar forms of trash talk to McGregor ahead of his fights. 

McGregor has fought three times in the welterweight division, splitting two matchups with Nate Diaz before beating Donald Cerrone last year. Cerrone is a non-title contender welterweight, while Diaz has posted a middling 20-12 record.

Neither is close to the level of Usman, who is emerging as perhaps the greatest UFC fighter in history. Usman's 14 straight victories are the second-most in UFC history, behind only Anderson Silva's historic run. He's shown almost no sign of weakness and has only gotten more dangerous since winning the welterweight championship, with three of his four defenses ending in knockouts.

McGregor clearly has a ton of work to do to deserve a welterweight championship fight. He was outclassed and seemingly unprepared against Poirier in January, a fight most expected him to win with ease. It was his second loss in his last three fights, and McGregor is 3-3 in his last six overall.

Similarities or not, one could easily argue Usman is a superior version of McGregor inside the Octagon.