Conor McGregor Interested In Kamaru Usman Fight; Targets April Return To Sparring

Conor McGregor has claimed that he would be interested in fighting dominant welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at some stage as he continues his rehabilitation following the broken leg he suffered against Dustin Poirier back in July.

“Thought Colby lumped him up nice last fight,” McGregor said of Usman when asked by a fan on Twitter about his thoughts on fighting the 170lb champ. “Finished stronger. Without that 2nd round knockdown it’s Colby’s fight imo. If even still. I see many holes. As well as a suspect dome. I fancy it greatly for the treble.”

By ‘the treble’, McGregor is of course referring to the fact that he’s already won the UFC title at featherweight and lightweight in the past, but after back-to-back losses against Poirier in the past year it seems unlikely that he’ll be in a position to fight for the welterweight strap in the near future.

On that note, McGregor did also reveal a timeline for his return to sparring next year, which gives some clues as to when we could potentially be seeing him back in the Octagon.

“I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April,” McGregor stated. “Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!”

As for who he might face upon his return, McGregor has already indicated that he feels he should get the winner of next month’s lightweight title fight between Charles Oliviera and Dustin Poirier, but when asked about the possibility of a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, it was clear that it was also strongly on his radar.

“1 billion per cent! A must!” McGregor replied.

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