Kamaru Usman reveals he almost jumped into UFC 262 card after Nate Diaz pulled out

Kamaru Usman was ready to challenge Leon Edwards at UFC 262.


Usman was serious when he said about fighting again sooner this year.



The current welterweight champion recently revealed that he was ready to step up to fight Edwards after Diaz got injured and pulled out of UFC 262 card.


However, the fight between Diaz and Edwards got rescheduled for UFC 263. But this still doesn’t change the fact that Usman still wants to be active.


“I’m crazy in the sense to where as soon as I heard about (Diaz’s withdrawal), I just landed here in Atlantic City for my brother’s fight. And I’m quarantined in my room,” Usman told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto (h/t Clyde Aidoo of MMA News). “And I hear about it. And I look around, and I look in the bathroom. So I pick up the phone, and I speak with my manager Ali, and I tell him, ‘Hey…” and he already knew what I was gonna say… I’m like, ‘Hey, I need to check my weight, and I’mma go put in some rounds in the morning. And depending on how I feel, we might be fighting next week.”


“And he goes, ‘Are you kidding me?’ And I’m like, ‘Nah, we might be fighting next week.’”


Usman is expected to run it back with his heated rival Colby Covington, as per Dana White. However, Usman has stated that his first interest is in fighting the winner of Diaz vs Edwards.

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