The day finally came as UFC 294 had its first media day ahead Kamaru Usmans’ fight against Khamzat Chimaev.
The former Welterweight Champion moved up to the middleweight division and was giving a short notice to fight the biggest boogeyman in the co-main event on October 21, 2023, at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Usman still took the fight against the biggest boogeyman in the sport right now with just an 11 days notice.
The Nigerian Nightmare, has suffered many injuries throughout his career and lost the Welterweight belt recently against Leon Edwards.
Chimaev is currrently famous for being ducked by most fighters in his divisions.
However, his bout with Gilbert Burns in the Welterweight division sets a precedent for what could happen in a fight between him and The Nigerian Nightmare.
Both fighters got chirpy during the press conference, Chimaev said;
“If you are the best how come you have lost two or three times? You are a good fighter but you are not at my level. You can’t teach me anything you are too old for that. Be a coach in a gym, it is better for you, healthier for you.”
Before this intense face-off, Kamaru Usman was doing an exhibition wrestling match against teammate Justin Gaethje.
At a certain moment, he appears to say something that was completely portrayed as something he never said. Gaethje had to come out and debunk these rumors Usman hurt his knee when he performed a body slam on Gaethje.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ addressed these rumors and confirmed he didn’t pop anything at all.
Through a video on his Youtube channel, Usman addressed what happened. We could see him completely fine during that stare down with Chimaev leading up to next Saturday.
Usman, reacting to the injury rumor said;
“It just goes to show how crazy – people just jump on news and media. And ‘Oh that must be true, that person said that, and that person said that!’ Whoever started that… How could you have possibly heard what I said, when it’s me and Justin on a stage in front of thousands of people in a mall? Were you next to us [where] you would hear what I was saying? How stupid — Just dumb. And if my knee was hurt why would I get up and [continue to hit] mitts? Oh my God. People believe anything you put on the internet… Stop with the clickbait… Clearly I’m fine – dummies.”
A win at UFC 294 against Chimaev, who is currently the most feared fighter in the sport, will set The ‘Nigerian Nightmares’ Middleweight start on a high.
Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama