It would be a “pleasure” to fight Kamaru Usman
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz has left the door open for a potential future fight with welterweight titleholder Kamaru Usman.
Earlier this year, Usman, who has reigned supreme in the 170-pound division since 2019 and has defended the title five times since his coronation, made headlines when he revealed he had considered a two-division championship quest. in 2021, but uniquely skipping a weight class.
With no desire to fight fellow African champion and friend Israel Adesanya, “The Nigerian Nightmare” was aiming for light heavyweight gold. Usman later clarified that his championship ambitions stemmed solely from his belief that then-defender Blachowicz was a favorable match for him.
“No disrespect to Jan. I think he’s a great competitor, he’s a very powerful guy, he has a lot of power in his hands, but I thought it was a game that favored me” , Usman said during an interview with CBS Sports.
It turns out that the desire for this confrontation is not one-sided.
Blachowicz on Usman Fight: why not?
During a recent interview with the New York Post, Blachowicz, who apparently ended Usman’s 205-pound goals by dropping the belt to Glover Teixeira last October, admitted it would be a “pleasure” to share. the Octagon with pound for pound. better.
“He is the best fighter in the world right now, yes? It would be [a] pleasure for me to fight against someone like him,” Blachowicz said. “Why not? We can do it by [the] future. I’ll be ready. It will be [an] exciting fight.
If Blachowicz is to materialize a cage date with Usman, he will first need to reclaim his place on the light heavyweight throne, a feat he will come closer to accomplishing if he can emerge victorious this weekend. end.
In the main event of UFC Vegas 54, the Polish powerhouse will take on fellow European Aleksandar Rakić in what many perceive to be a title eliminator.
If Blachowicz beats the Austrian on Saturday and goes on to dethrone Teixeira or number one contender Jiří Procházka, perhaps Usman’s thoughts of a transition to light heavyweight will be revived.
How do you think a fight between Jan Blachowicz and Kamaru Usman would play out?