UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman admits he doesn’t envy the life Conor McGregor lives.
Former two-division champion McGregor is the biggest star in the history of the promotion and indeed that of mixed martial arts.
Conor McGregor is the most popular fighter in the history of the mixed martial artsCredit: Getty
But welterweight champion Kamaru Usman admits he doesn’t envy The Notorious’ lifeCredit: Getty
The Irishman’s status as the UFC’s poster boy has opened many doors for him, although it has also heaped an extreme amount of pressure on his shoulders – in particular when he takes to the octagon.
Usman, 33, wouldn’t want to carry that burden, telling the True Geordie: “My daddy used to always say, ‘Everybody loves the chair, but while they’re chairing they can’t make the move.
“That’s exactly what Conor feels like and I know it – it’s tough. I know it’s hard being Conor, I know it’s hard. I am a champion and I know how hard it is to be the champion now.
“I can’t imagine what Conor’s going through, that’s got to be hard because you can’t do anything – people can’t wait to move because now people are just waiting to rub it in your face.”
Usman has had a number of back-and-forths with McGregor over the last 18 months, which have led to talk of them eventually sharing the octagon.
A big-money fight with The Notorious, however, is not currently on the radar of Africa’s first UFC champion.
He said of the Irishman: “Of course you’ve got the money, you’ve got all this, you’ve got all that, but bro, you got knocked out in your last fight,” Usman continued.
“And then you’ve [won] one in your last four or five fights, something like that – people can’t wait to throw that in your face.
“So yeah, it’s a tough life to lead.”
McGregor, 32, is currently gearing up for a trilogy fight with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier.
The pair’s rubber match will take place on July 10 and will headline UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
Fan favourite McGregor will bid to avenge the devastating second-round KO defeat he suffered to The Diamond at UFC 257 in January.
And the pride of Dublin is more motivated than ever ahead of their Sin City series decider.
He told Fox Sports: “All the marbles are on the line.
“I’m here training very, very hard. I’m about to go for my second session of the day. I’m in great condition already.
“I beat him in the original bout [in 2014]. I lost in the rematch.
“And then we’ve got trilogy, I’ve got a few little adjustments to make.
“I feel very, very confident. I’m very focused and driven.
“And I’ll go in there and put on one hell of a performance and get it back on July 10th.”
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