Usman and Masvidal have been trading barbs since UFC 245 wrapped up. When Usman was asked about a potential showdown with Masvidal, the 170-pound champion responded by saying, “who?” The two continued to go back-and-forth until they met in person on Radio Row during Super Bowl week. Usman and Masvidal had to be separated following a heated verbal exchange.
Usman Blasts Masvidal For Thinking He’s A Superstar
During an interview with TMZ Sports, Usman said he feels Masvidal has a false sense of self-worth and is undeserving of a welterweight title shot.
“Honestly, if I’m being honest, do I believe that he deserves the fight next? No, I don’t think that he deserves the fight. But at the same time, he’s got the hype right now.”
“He seriously thinks he’s a superstar. He’s talking about how I’m the most famous fighter, I’m more famous than Conor and this and that. You are drinking your own Kool-Aid right now. He forgets that literally less than a year ago or two years ago he was just ‘Journeyman George.'”
“Now you lost some weight, did a little Spanish reality show and came back and now he thinks he’s just Jacques Cousteau or something. My man, relax!”
Usman is coming off a successful welterweight title defense against Colby Covington. He scored a fifth-round TKO victory over Covington back in Dec. 2019.