McGregor calls out Usman for "copying" tactics – and vows to smack him

UFC star Conor McGregor has called out Kamaru Usman for “copying” his tactics and vowed to give him a smack for doing so.

Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal with a knock-out in round two of their UFC 261 welterweight bout, taking him to 19 wins over his MMA career.

The Nigerian has now won 14 straight fights in UFC and is the sport’s reigning welterweight world champion, a title he has held since March 2019.

But after sending Masvidal crashing to defeat after connecting with a huge straight right hand, Usman is now facing a challenge from former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor.

The Irishman tweeted a video of highlights from one of his fights with Dustin Poirier and accused Usman of copying him.

“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,” the ‘Notorious’ tweeted.

The “170” that McGregor refers to is related to a UFC fighter’s weight and would see a future fight take place at Usman’s welterweight division.

While he has spent the majority of his time at lightweight and featherweight, McGregor does have some experience as a welterweight.

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He lost on his debut at the division against Nate Diaz in March 2016, before winning a rematch in August of the same year.

After dropping back down to lightweight, he returned to defeat Donald Cerrone as a welterweight in March 2020.

The 32-year-old once again went down to lightweight for his UFC 257 defeat to Dustin Poirier and is set to fight at that weight in their rematch.

It would mean that should McGregor seek to fight Usman, he would need to put on roughly 15lbs.

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  • Usman ruthlessly responded to McGregor’s call-out, highlighting his recent technical knock-out loss to Poirier.

    “Except when I touch you at 170, they go out. They don’t even go out at 155 anymore for you. I finish people. You get finished,” the 33-year-old tweeted.

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