The renowned wrestler and UFC welterweight champion Usman has begun to add power punching to his arsenal, with many comparing his recent finishes to those of a prime McGregor
Kamaru Usman has denied Conor McGregor’s accusations of “copying” rial Conor McGregor’s style in recent fights.
The Nigerian fighter has been a dominant welterweight champion since dethroning Tyron Woodley at the start of 2019, and since his first bout with Colby Covington that December has been adding punching power to his game.
And during a recent fan Q&A, McGregor accused Usman of copying his shots as he taunted the fighter by teasing a move up a weight class to fight for the title despite having won just one fight since 2016.
But Usman has hit back, saying that the Irishman is attempting to “strategically” place himself back at the top of the sport while he ramps up talks of a return.
“It’s strategically systematic,” Usman said during an appearance on the Full Send Podcast.
“He’s systematic. He’s strategic. When he sees anything happening that’s bigger than him, he tries to steal the clout. He’ll tweet.
“Every major fight that happens, what happens? Conor tweets about it. Oh, he tweets about this. Every time I fight, he’s talking about me; tweets about me. ‘Oh, you’re stealing my style.’ How? What are you talking about?”
“You know, like, at the end of the day, I state what I’m capable of doing and what I’m going to do, you know.
“So, he’s, ‘Oh, you stole the way that I threw this combination or this punch.’
“Bro, it’s fighting – if it works, it works. If this one-two works, it works. He’s like, ‘Oh, no. That was mine. I did the one-two.’ Were you the first one to ever do it, you f***ing weirdo?”
McGregor had said in a tweet that he may have to face Usman after accusing the welterweight champion of copying his style.
Usman is managed by Ali Abdelaziz, the manager to Khabib Nurmagomedov; his most bitter rival.
And the Irishman would surely love to get one over the Dominance MMA boss by beating arguably his top active client to become a three-weight world champion.
Usman has been accused of mimicking McGregor’s mannerisms and catchphrases before, with the Irishman once sharing a seemingly damning side-by-side video of the pair at different press conferences.
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“Usman even copying my shots now,” McGregor said in his recent tweet. “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.”
McGregor is a two-weight world champion in the UFC, having beaten first Chad Mendes for the interim and then Jose Aldo for the undisputed featherweight titles before dethroning Eddie Alvarez at lightweight.
He became the first fighter to ever hold two belts simultaneously in the promotion’s history, and would break another record if he were to return and become welterweight champion.
No man or woman has ever won belts at three different weights in the modern UFC, and McGregor would be the first to even attempt it.
However, he must first recover from a broken leg, and likely get a win under his belt, before a bout with Usman can materialise.