- Conor McGregor has issued a wild challenge in the UFC.
- The Irish fighter wants to challenge Kamaru Usman for the welterweight championship.
- UFC boss Dana White called the challenge “interesting.”
The UFC’s former two-weight champion is hoping to rebound from back-to-back knockout losses to Dustin Poirier last year, with a big fight in 2022.
McGregor has been out of action for almost a year as he has been recovering from an injury he sustained toward the end of the first round last summer, when he broke his leg during the Poirier trilogy bout.
It was hoped he could return to headline UFC International Fight Week in July, however, it is likely his comeback will be pushed until later in the summer.
Speaking to a YouTube channel he owns, The MacLife, McGregor said that, rather than continue campaigning in the lightweight division, he’d like to move back to welterweight and challenge the division’s champion Kamaru Usman.
“Myself versus Usman for the 170-pound title in my comeback fight is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute,” he said. “Why cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title. I got myself to a lightweight frame, but you know, I’m big now. I feel big. I feel strong. I feel healthy. I’ve got good energy.
“I’m coming back from a gruesome injury. I don’t want to be depleting myself. There should be no need to deplete myself.”
He continued: “And I feel confident against Usman — a jab-happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he going to do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see danger.
“No one has ever obtained three titles in three divisions like I will do if we make this fight.”
Responding to McGregor’s desire to fight Usman, the UFC boss Dana White said “that’s interesting” in a separate interview with The MacLife. “We’re meeting soon,” he added.
McGregor finished by saying: “I’m very excited. There is history to be made. This game needs to be shook up. Again. The triple crown has never been done.”