UFC champion delivers damning verdict on "regular fighter" Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is no more than a "regular fighter" according to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Usman, considered the pound-for-pound top fighter in the world at the moment, has previously entertained a fight with the Irishman, but now appears less interested.

The 170lb champion has looked unbeatable since taking the belt from Tyron Woodley in early 2019, and shares a manager with McGregor's fiercest rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

And reflecting on his recent win over Jorge Masvidal, Usman was asked for his opinion on the Irishman.

"He's a loudmouth," he told ESPN. "He’s a guy that can compete but he’s not the champion, Conor McGregor – he’s not the double champion, he’s not that guy anymore. He’s just a guy that’s in the UFC.

"If he wasn’t Conor, hasn’t done the things that he’s done, he would just be a regular fight. The level of respect he gets now, he’s just a regular fighter with a lot of money and a lot of hype and recognition.

"The old Conor, the hungry Conor, that was the fighter that fighters respected – now, not that we don’t respect him at all, he’s still a UFC fighter, but he’s just a regular fighter.”

McGregor holds a 2-1 record at welterweight, with a win and a loss coming in 2016 to Nate Diaz before returning to the weight class in early 2020 to knock out Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds.

The Irishman became two division world champion when he beat Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, winning the lightweight title less than a year after defeating Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap in 2015.

But since then, he's fought just four times, one of which was in the boxing ring – taking the entirety of 2019 out after sustaining an injury in training.

He lost to Floyd Mayweather in his 2017 boxing debut before losing the lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.

He returned to fight Cerrone early last year but the UFC struggled to organise an event of sufficient magnitude during the pandemic, leaving McGregor sidelined again.

He lost his comeback at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi against Dustin Poirier early this year to bring his MMA record to 1-2 over the four-and-a-half years since winning the lightweight title.

However, despite results inside the cage or the ring, McGregor has managed to increase his net worth significantly and was named the world's richest athlete this year, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

And Usman isn't opposed to making some of that money himself, adding: “If he wants to fight me, he knows where to find me. He can call me and we’ll make that fight happen.”

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