Conor McGregor is 5/2 to make UFC history this year after being offered a shot at UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
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The 31-year-old enjoyed a meteoric rise after signing with the UFC, amid much hype, back in 2013, and he has established himself as the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts’ premier promotion.
He joined a growing list of two-weight world champions before his failed attempt to beat unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in the summer of 2017, but when he did become a two-weight UFC champion he entered his name into the history books by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold world titles in two different weight classes at the same time.
He sensationally dethroned featherweight champion Jose Aldo inside 13 seconds in December 2015, and just over a year later he stepped into the ring with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and took him apart en route to a second-round stoppage.
Since that night he has stepped foot inside the Octagon on just two occasions, with mixed results, but his quickfire win over Donald Cerrone at welterweight back January may have just provided McGregor with another opportunity to make history.
No fighter has ever been a world champion in three different weight classes at the same time, but ‘The Notorious’ could now get that chance after talks over a proposed fight between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and number one contender Jorge Masvidal collapsed.
Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has laid down the challenge on social media.
“Hey, you want a title shot?” Abdelaziz tweeted at McGregor. “Come to daddy. [Usman] will give you one and he promises [the] first two rounds [will be] without takedowns, only slaps.”
It looks like #1 contender wants to fight Nate Diaz now . Good for him @TheNotoriousMMA hey you want a title shot ? Come to daddy @USMAN84kg will give you one and he promise first 2 rounds without takedowns only slaps 😂
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) May 24, 2020
“I really don’t understand why you all want this man DEAD,” Usman later tweeted. “I’d s**g him in there if I wanted and he’d ‘DO NOTHIN’”
I really don’t understand why you all want this man DEAD!!! I’d shag him in there if I wanted and he’d “DO NOTHIN” FOH 😒 pic.twitter.com/PvawNvX3Ru
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) May 25, 2020
Those were crude words from the champion, but would he live up to his promise if the two men did meet for the welterweight title before the end of 2021?
The bookmakers are not writing off McGregor, who has showcased a knack for making history, but at 5/2 Paddy Power believes the Irishman has a tall task on his hands if he looks to become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.