In an interview with Jim Rome, Usman, who is currently recovering from hand surgery is hinting at the possibility of moving up to 185 pounds, continuing a conversation that began after he recently revealed that he was planning to challenge the former champ, Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight strap.
“I’ve said it before, as long as Israel Adesanya is the champion, I have no interest in going there. But when Jan Blachowicz was the champion at light heavyweight, of course, I thought it was a great matchup.
I’m not saying I would just demolish the whole light heavyweight division. I’m saying I thought that was a great matchup, and I thought that I would have been a two-time champion, and skipping middleweight and becoming the light heavyweight champion.”
While the chance to an Usman vs Blachowicz matchup never came to fruition, as the Polish lost his title to Glover Teixeira.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ has hinted that he would never fight ‘The Last Stylebender‘. as he considers him a friend, and the only way he’d entertain the fight is if the UFC will give them $100 million, then they can make this fight.
“I’ve said it before, Adesanya’s a fellow Nigerian. A good guy. I like him, I like his approach. I’ve said it — I’d rather two Nigerians have belts than one Nigerian with two belts. If Dana is willing to sit us down and say, $100 million, ‘Hey guys, let’s split this up,’ at that point Israel and I would have to talk. Because at that point, my little brother, my blood brother, we would have to talk and say, ‘Hey, let’s go out here and make this money.’”