‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman did not look like a nightmare against Khamzat Chimaev but will definitely consider hanging around in the middleweight division. Unfortunately, Usman is stuck in a downward spiral; he is on a tough 3 match losing streak.
Usman believes he needed more rounds against Chimaev to fully express himself. It will be fascinating to see if Usman and Chimaev ever face each other again for a rematch. It would also make sense for Usman to drop down to welterweight, as he’s just 1-2 wins away from reclaiming his welterweight belt.
Kamaru Usman on fighting at 185
In a recent YouTube video, Kamaru Usman spoke about fighting at 185 pounds and reflected a little on his recent match against Khamzat Chimaev. “The plans, I don’t know. It’s kind of fogy,” Usman said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “I didn’t mind being up at 185.
Yeah, of course the size was a bit different in the beginning, but I’m a championship level fighter, so from here on out, we want to make these five rounds and not three rounders. I don’t know, 185 looked good on me, so we might.
Usman further said: We’ll get back to y’all on that. Not give up takedowns, He grabbed and I couldn’t defend. My knee, I was like, ‘****, my knee. I was like, The f.’ But he was strong, but I gave him too much respect in there.
I’m like, ‘He’s strong, but I fought strong guys before. I’m stronger than him.’ I gave him too much mentally, and I was trying to catch up, trying to catch up, but I don’t have those extra two rounds that I (usually have) to catch up. By the third round I was like, ‘OK, I’m feeling good.’ And then the fight is over”.