Conor vs Usman at 170?

by Preston Ekdahl

It’s been quite the busy week in the MMA world as Dana White has been getting things ready for fight island and going forward during the Coronavirus. There’s been match-up announcements left and right but the most staggering one is Conor McGregor challenging current UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at the annual flagship UFC PPV in July which is presumably being held at “Fight Island.” Am I a Conor McGregor fan? Not at all, but the one thing the guy does beyond a shadow of a doubt is put people in the seats. Well for this fight, I guess they would be at home but you get the point. Does Conor deserve the fight? This is a resounding no; in fact, if anything he should be looking at going back to his natural weight class at 155 and fighting the plethora of quality opposition that currently reside in the division.

Here is why the fight could be happening because again nothing is definite in this sport. Kamaru Usman is managed by Ali Abdelaziz who also manages current lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov who has quite the history with the Irishman. The build up for their fight at UFC 229 in October 2018 reached levels the sport had previously never seen as it smashed the buy record selling a record 2.4 million purchases.  I still watch this fan-made preview for the fight on a weekly basis because of how huge that fight was.

Now let’s face it, Kamaru Usman is not a draw. Hell, some people had him losing his previous fight to Colby Covington before he ultimately finished him in the 5th round due to repeated knockdowns in  what was a fight of the year contender. However, this fight might be the smartest business decision he can make. If you saw the fight between Conor and Khabib, you witnessed a mauling. Sure the Conor supporters will say it was his first fight in two years, if you put them in the ring now that Conor knocks Khabib out no problem but again I’ll believe it when I see it. The fact of the matter is Conor came back and had his pick of who he wanted to fight and chose Donald Cerrone. Listen I love Donald Cerrone, but if you think defeating Donald allows you the right to challenge the current welterweight champion, you are nuts. This is where Ali wins, because they know they can defeat Conor and the plan is for Jorge Masvidal to rematch Nate Diaz on that same card ultimately pitting Masvidal vs Usman together for the big end of the year PPV. It’s brilliant business on their part, because even though I think that fight should happen now, if you have the guy that just ragdolled Conor and if Masvidal looks as sharp as he did the first time he defeated Diaz, you have a legitimate super fight on your hands for the end of the year.

What’s the worst that can happen? Conor somehow beats Usman and Diaz upsets Masvidal. Well then you just set up Conor vs Diaz 3 for the title. If Usman wins and Masvidal loses, then Conor vs Masvidal does huge business. All of these fights will sell for Dana White and hey we still get to see Justin Gaethje vs Khabib later this year and if Conor drops these fights, it’s no skin off his back, he moved up in weight, he was the smaller man, he was suppose to lose.

I say let it happen and please show me Usman -200 or lower on the betting market.

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