‘He’s done!’: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman claims Conor McGregor doesn’t ‘have the heart’ to hold a belt again… but admits he is open to fighting the Irishman if he gets past Leon Edwards
- UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has questioned Conor Mcgregor
- The 35-year-old has suggested McGregor no longer has the ‘heart’ to compete
- He said McGregor is finished as a champion because he is no longer ‘broke’
- Usman would be open to fightin McGregor as the Irishman nears a return
Conor McGregor doesn’t have the heart to become a UFC champion again, according to Kamaru Usman.
McGregor has seemingly been edging closer to a return to the octagon, posting several videos on social media in recent times and calling out stars such as Jorge Masvidal and Charles Oliveira.
But Usman, who is the currently welterweight champion, told the I Am Athlete Podcast via MMA Junkie that the Irishman is ‘done as a champion’ because he’s no longer ‘broke’.
UFC welterweight champion has questioned Conor McGregor’s heart to continue fighting
McGregor is seemingly nearing a return to the octagon and has called out several fighters
McGregor hasn’t fought since breaking his leg in the first round of his trilogy match against Dustin Poirier in June 2021, but has recently referenced potential fights with several active fighters, including Usman.
But Usman thinks there’s little chance McGregor could beat him if the two ever fought for the belt.
He said: ‘There’s a story about him, he was broke.
‘For me, it seemed like it was about not being broke, getting money. So I understand that. Now he’s not broke.
Usman would be open to fighting McGregor, but doesn’t think the Irishman would accept
‘But how are you going to be champion, because that’s what drove you to become champion, because you didn’t want to be broke? Now you’re not broke anymore.
‘He’s not necessarily done, but he’s done as a champion.’
Usman would be open to a fight with the former two-belt champion, but doesn’t believe McGregor would be interested.
The Nigerian will defend his title against Leon Edwards at UFC 278 on August 20, and would be willing to battle McGregor if he is to retain.
McGregor hasn’t fought in over a year after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier last June
‘He can call me out, but that don’t mean he’s going to fight me,’ he said.
‘It’s not necessarily that they protect him, because he’s bigger to where he can pick, where he can call his shots. He’s that big.
‘Conor can say, “I’m going to fight you tomorrow” and he’s still gonna sell one million buys. I’d absolutely grab that check.
‘When I watch fights, I watch their hearts, and for me, he’s done, because I don’t know whether the goal was to get the money.’