UFC champion Kamaru Usman bizarrely threatened to “shag” Conor McGregor in the Octagon and asked: ‘Why you want him DEAD?’
After former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor won his comeback fight in January against Donald Cerrone at welterweight, the Irishman eyed a shot at the 170lb title.
And as talks between Jorge Masvidal and Usman appear to have collapsed, manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed the welterweight champion would grant The Notorious a shot at the belt.
To add speculation over the fight, Usman aimed an unusual tweet at McGregor, which read: “I really don’t understand why you all want this man DEAD!!!
“I’d shag him in there if I wanted and he’d “DO NOTHIN” FOH.”
It’s not the first time McGregor has been targeted to online jibes from Usman’s Twitter account, after several posts threatening the Irishman and his partner Dee Devlin were sent in January.
But the Nigerian born 33-year-old later claimed his account was hacked.
McGregor, 31, looked on course to move back to lightweight to chase a rematch with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat the Irish southpaw in 2018.
But after Nurmagomedov, 31, was unable to defend his belt at UFC 249 amid the coronavirus pandemic, 33-year-old Justin Gaethje stepped in on late notice to beat Tony Ferguson, 36, for the interim title.
Unbeaten Khabib is now set to face Gaethje in a unification bout in September, leaving McGregor momentarily frozen out of the lightweight picture.
And Abdelaziz, who also manages Nurmagomedov, claimed McGregor’s only chance of fighting for a belt would be to face Usman.
He told TMZ Sports: “He wants to fight for the title. He wants to become the champion again, right? I think Conor has only one chance for the title right now.
“Listen, if Conor called the UFC and said he wanna fight with Kamaru, the UFC is gonna say yes.
“If he wants this fight, he needs to go on his knees and beg like he makes everyone beg.”