UFC reportedly pushing for McGregor-Usman fight

The UFC has reportedly offered Leon Edwards to opt out of the welterweight title race against Kamaru Usman in exchange for a fancy check. Instead, the organization led by Dana White would consider a return of Conor McGregor in the octagon against the Nigerian, possibly at UFC 274 in Las Vegas in July.

The undisputed welterweight king of the UFC, Kamaru Usman, remains in the octagon on five title defenses. After beating their rivals in the cage one by one, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is now waiting for the next victim’s name. As the second contender for the title behind Colby Covington, Leon Edwards should inherit a chance against Kamaru Usman. And if a possible fight between the two men could take place in July at UFC 276 in Las Vegas, the organization led by Dana White still hasn’t formalized anything. And with good reason, according to information revealed by Chael Sonnen, the UFC is said to have another idea in mind: a fight between Kamaru Usman and Conor McGregor.

Absent from the rings since his defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, the Irish star has been dealing with a broken leg during this fight for months. The UFC, eager to sign a big hit for their event in Las Vegas, is reportedly working on setting up this clash between Kamaru Usman and “The Notorious” over the summer.

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A check to fire Edwards?

A solution has yet to be found to absolve Leon Edwards from his revenge on Kamaru Usman, a fight promised to “Rocky” by Dana White for several months. To temporarily withdraw the 30-year-old Briton in favor of Conor McGregor, the UFC allegedly offered him a check equal to his salary for the fight plus his victory bonus, according to Chael Sonnen. Former MMA fighter and master of trash-talk, who now acts as a consultant seems confident that the fight between McGregor and Usman will take place.

“I was informed that Leon had been offered his scholarship for the fight and that his victory bonus, as well as anything that was negotiated for Leon to fight Kamaru, launched Sonnen in comments relayed by the site BJPenn.

Et l’ex-combattant aux 49 combats pros de préciser ce qui aurait été signifié à Leon Edwars par des membres de l’UFC: “On te fera un chèque pour te retirer. Nous avons le droit de t’écarter (du combat face à Usman, ndlr) mais nous ne voulons pas qu’il y ait de la rancune. Et, on reconnaît que tu le merites. Donc, on va t’envoyer ce sur quoi on s’est mis d’accord. Et tu pourras stay at home.”

McGregor ambitious for his return

Leon Edwards’ response to this alleged offer is not yet known. But on the part of the Usman-McGregor duo, such a poster would have its advantages.

Unbeaten in his last 19 fights, Kamaru Usman wouldn’t be against such a spectacular fight against “The Notorious”. Especially with the financial implications this entails in terms of pay-per-view sales.

The Irishman has gained weight during his recovery and isn’t sure yet if he will get back into shape to fight in the lightweight or featherweight categories. A stint in the welterweights, where he has already fought three times for a record of one defeat and two wins, would allow him to find the light. Most importantly, Conor McGregor recently got into such a duel with YouTube channel TheMacLife that he wanted Kamaru Usman for his comeback.

After three losses in his last four UFC fights since 2018, Conor McGregor may not have much of a choice. Tackling Kamaru Usman would give him one last chance to stay at the top of the UFC. A place in the sun that he has occupied for so many years in the past.