MMA manager Abe Kawa says that UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is injured and is proposing his client Jorge Masvidal and star Conor McGregor fight for an interim belt.
McGregor knocked out Donald Cerrone in the first round in his return to the Octagon at UFC 246. It was McGregor’s first win since November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez. In attendance for the fight were both of Usman and Masvidal, two men that McGregor has been linked to for his next fight.
Not only did Usman deal with his Twitter being hacked during the event, but apparently he is now injured. According to Kawa, Usman is dealing with an injury following his five-round main event war at UFC 245 against Colby Covington, and will not be able to defend his belt for the near future. That’s why Kawa is proposing Masvidal fight McGregor for an interim title.
Here’s what Kawa wrote on Twitter about Masvidal and McGregor.
Looks like usman is out indefinitely with another injury. Conor is ready to go. Jorge is ready to go. Interim title for 170?
— Ibrahim Kawa (@Abraham_kawa) January 19, 2020
“Looks like usman is out indefinitely with another injury. Conor is ready to go. Jorge is ready to go. Interim title for 170?”
Masvidal was likely going to be next for Usman, but McGregor could have also talked his way into a possible welterweight weight shot. If Usman is indeed injured as Kawa claims, then Masvidal vs. McGregor is the logical next fight to make. The fight would obviously be headlining a blockbuster pay-per-view card.
Considering Usman just defended the welterweight title last month, it seems unlikely that the UFC would introduce an interim belt so soon. But with Masvidal as the BMF champion, it’s possible that he could put that belt on the line against McGregor as the Irishman has recently expressed interest in that title. That would give the fight a little extra boost while also maintaining the integrity of the UFC welterweight championship.
Would you like to see Conor McGregor fight Jorge Masvidal for the interim UFC welterweight title?