Undefeated Blackzilians staple Kamaru Usman is one of the fastest rising prospects in the welterweight division. He also understands the value of a good, old fashioned call-out, which is why he’s recently campaigned so hard for a fight with Demian Maia.
Usman explained his desire for a fight with Kim in an interview with Fox Sports.
“100-percent honest, this is the plan, Demian Maia isn’t going to take the fight so we’re going to go around him. I don’t want Demian Maia. It’s not realistic and it makes no sense for him. Right now, I want Dong Hyun Kim. He’s next. He’s winning, he’s not coming off three losses, or two losses or anything like that. I think that’s a guy I will completely dominate in every facet of the game.”
“That’s who I want, bar none, Dong Hyun Kim.”
“He’s a grappler, he’s a strong stand-up fighter, and I think that would be a great fight. I think I beat him every and anywhere,” Usman said. “After Dong Hyun Kim, and I would like to fight him in March or if not, early April in Buffalo, or anywhere there’s an African community. New York, Atlanta, Houston, London, wherever. I want Dong Hyun Kim.”
Usman then went one step further, saying that after he beats Kim, he wants Neil Magny, and then finally, that he’ll once again angle for a fight with Maia.
“After Dong Hyun Kim, I want Neil Magny, probably in June or July. Then if Demian Maia is still hanging around and if he doesn’t want it, then we’ll go around him.”
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This story first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/17/2017.