Stephen Thompson has suggested that UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (170lbs) is unlikely to succeed at light heavyweight. Usman recently revealed that he plans to skip the middleweight division (185 lbs) and enter a super fight for the UFC light heavyweight title (205 lbs).
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is interested in becoming a two-weight UFC champion but has declined to go for the UFC middleweight title as it is currently held by his friend Israel Adesanya.
In an edit of his ‘What’s Up Everybody?!’ podcast, UFC welterweight star Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and his brother Tony discussed Usman’s light heavyweight title aspirations. ‘Wonderboy’ said:
“Usman was talking about skipping ‘Izzy’ and going all the way to 205 [pounds] and fight someone. I’m like, ‘Bro. Go on.'”
“Wonderboy” and his brother recalled that Kamaru Usman also pursued a boxing match against boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. They agreed it wouldn’t work out well for Usman.
Additionally, the Thompson brothers indicated that Usman would likely lose to light heavyweight fighters such as former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and current light heavyweight kingpin Glover Teixeira. Responding to Usman’s claims that he could fight at light heavyweight, Stephen Thompson said:
“You’re crazy, man… It’s wild. I don’t see that at all, man. Thompson then offered an Usman-Adesanya matchup and noted, “I mean, if those two [Usman and Adesanya] – I know they’re buddies – but, I mean, why don’t you get up there and fight [Robert] Whittaker. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You are knocked out. I mean, not Whittaker, “Izzy.”
Additionally, Thompson felt that an Usman-Adesanya match would net both fighters massive salaries. He added that Usman and “Izzy” could still be friends after the fight.
Watch ‘Wonderboy’ discuss Kamaru Usman’s light heavyweight plans, and more, in the video below:
Israel Adesanya thinks Kamaru Usman is the greatest welterweight of all time
Ahead of his rematch against Robert Whittaker at UFC 271 which took place on Feb. 12, Israel Adesanya spoke to Yahoo! Sports and labeled Kamaru Usman the greatest MMA welterweight of all time. ‘The Last Master of Style’ said:
” His reign [Usman], he is the greatest welterweight of all time. He is. I am inspired by it, and for me, Francis [Ngannou] has a new fight, Kamaru has this new knockout power, and yeah, stay tuned, you might see some surprises this weekend if that comes up.
Adesanya defeated Whittaker by unanimous decision at UFC 271 and hinted at defending his middleweight belt against Jared Cannonier next June. Meanwhile, Usman – who recently underwent hand surgery – is likely to defend his welterweight title in a rematch against Leon Edwards at UFC 276 on July 2.