Kamaru Usman says he’s a ‘nightmare’ matchup for UFC champion Sean Strickland

Kamaru Usman is on the verge of challenging UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland after his upcoming fight with unbeaten contender Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. Usman, a former UFC welterweight champion, has the opportunity to avenge his previous victory over Strickland and secure a shot at the title.

UFC 294, which will be held at Etihad Arena on Saturday, has been labeled as a title eliminator by UFC CEO Dana White. Usman believes his style poses a significant challenge for Strickland and feels confident in his ability to defeat him once again.

When asked about the possibility of facing Strickland, Usman admitted he hadn’t given it much thought before. However, he now recognizes the tough competition he faced on his path to becoming the welterweight champion.

“Styles make fights,” Usman explained during Wednesday’s media day. “I’m a nightmare for certain people to deal with, and I just think that matchup is a nightmare for Sean Strickland. But he’s grown exponentially. He’s improved.”

Reflecting on his past victories over Strickland and other opponents, Usman stated, “I took care of business. So I don’t really dwell on it. It’s when I’m done, and I sit back now, and I reflect a little bit more and more… I did put some work in. I beat quite a few people.”

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Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie


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