Reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says he does not "discriminate with the a** whooping" and is open to a future Conor McGregor bout.
The 32-year-old Nigerian-American (professional MMA record 16-1), who successfully defended his welterweight title against contender Colby Covington in the promotion's last event of 2019, is basking in his champ status after years of graft and forced call-outs.
"You know I'm the champion. That's it, plain and simple. I am the champion and they have to come to me. There's a reason now they talk about me and that's because I have the gold," Usman said at a UFC 246 pre-fight media scrum.
"I've been the one begging for fights but now I'm in the position I don't have to beg any more. Now they have to come to me. I don't discriminate on the a** whooping".
The 31-year-old McGregor (21-4) is set to make his mixed martial arts comeback against Donald Cerrone as the UFC 246 headliner this weekend. The 31-year-old has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight in 2018.
The former simultaneous featherweight and lightweight champion faces Cerrone in the higher 170-pound welterweight weight class and has stated that he is open to fighting anyone in the division, including Usman and "BMF" champion Jorge Masvidal.
"Anybody can get it. I have never said no. When (UFC president) Dana White calls and says 'I want you to take out this guy', I say 'when' and we get it done so I'm not the one picking and choosing fights. I've never turned down a fight ever in my career," said Usman, the UFC's first African champion.
Usman, who is on a 15-fight win-streak, praised Irishman McGregor's path to unparalleled notoriety but warned "if Conor wants it, Conor can get it too".
"This would be a former champion in a different weight class versus the actual champion. I don't discriminate. Conor is special to the world of mixed martial arts. I'm no hater, I give credit where credit is due," said the former All-American wrestler.
"That young man has done a lot for the sport, so if he feels he wants to step in and challenge … He's trying to make history to fight for a third title. I would be stupid to stand in the way of history and give him that opportunity."
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