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Kamaru Usman: McGregor is silent because he knows he has ‘no chance in hell’ of beating me

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“We are about making history here. He’s saying he’s the pound-for-pound greatest of all-time across three divisions, this is your chance to prove it.”

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Kamaru Usman is actually serious about defending his UFC welterweight title against Conor McGregor but, according to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, McGregor is afraid to put his money where is mouth is and accept the challenge.

McGregor has talked in the past about moving up to 170 to become the first three-division champion in UFC history, but the Irishman has gone quiet since ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ called him out on social media earlier this week.

Usman believes McGregor’s silence speaks volumes, claiming in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that ‘The Notorious’ knows, deep down, that he has ‘no chance in hell’ of beating him.

“We are about making history here. He’s saying he’s the pound-for-pound greatest of all-time across three divisions, this is your chance to prove it, go out there and win a third belt in a third division, so why wouldn’t we make that fight? I’m going to give him the opportunity, if Conor wants it, let’s do it. But, Conor’s quiet now. Why is Conor quiet? Who says no to a title shot? I’ve never seen this in history,” Usman said (h/t BJPenn.com).

“Who says no when the champ says come and get your title shot? Unless you know you have no chance in hell of winning, that this might change the landscape of your fighting career ever. That’s the only chance I can see people saying, you know what, I’m going to pass on that title shot right now.”

With McGregor on the back foot, expect the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champ to issue a response in the coming days.