Conor McGregor and Kamaru Usman exchanged words on social media after the Irish UFC fighter accused the Nigerian of ‘copying’ his shots.
The Nigerian Nightmare made a fourth successful defence of his welterweight title on Saturday at UFC 261, after he dropped Jorge Masvidal at 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round of their fight in Jacksonville, Florida.
After the fight, McGregor accused Usman of ‘copying’ his shots’’ before promising to ‘give him a smack for it’ and move up to challenge at 170lbs.
To back up his claims, McGregor also posted a small clip from his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, a fight he lost via TKO.
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. pic.twitter.com/FEQgj9AsAy
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2021
Responding to McGregor’s comments, Usman warned he would be in for a very different night if he moves up in weight again to challenge him.
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. https://t.co/URd8wTHvyZ
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 26, 2021
McGregor then responded by reminding Usman he was ringside the night he defeated ‘Cowboy’ Cerrrone at welterweight, also aiming a dig at ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ for withdrawing from a meeting with Gilbert Burns last year due to an undisclosed injury.
Relax there, carbuncles. You big spotty back pox. You were ringside last time I fought at 170. 40 seconds is all it took. Why did you reschedule Burns fight ? What was the reason, that was never given to the public, why that already signed fight was then rescheduled? https://t.co/RDv3RtaO97
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 26, 2021
Conor McGregor is currently training to face Dustin Poirier in a trilogy bout at UFC 264. Both fighters are currently tied 1-1, going into the third bout, with McGregor winning the first clash at UFC 178 and Porier getting his hands raised in the second at UFC 257.
The UFC 264 will take place on July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.