During a recent interview with ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto — reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman quipped that his upcoming UFC 261 rematch with Jorge Masvidal on April 24th would be like “green panty night” for Masvidal — piquing the interest of former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor who coined a similar one-liner back in 2015.
Noting the monetary gains to be made from booking a fight opposite him, the welterweight kingpin claimed that he was the money fight at 170-pounds.
“There’s truth and there’s no truth in that,” Usman said. “You can’t say you are the start and that’s who I want to be. That’s wrong because I have what everyone in the world wants, so you can’t say that. Of course, does he (Jorge Masvidal) bring more eyes right now? Absolutely. I’m a realist, I’ve always been a realist. Absolutely he brings more eyes right now.“
“If I look at all the pools of guys I’ve been through all of them, now I’m just lapping them all,” Usman explained. “if we’re running a race right now, I’m lapping everybody right now. He’s the first guy, so he’s dead last right now, the first guy I’m about to lap. I’m lapping him. So yeah, does he bring a little bit more eyes? Absolutely. I don’t take that away from him. I’m proud of everything he has done, absolutely proud of him. Respect in that aspect but let’s be honest. I have what everyone wants. It’s green panty night when you fight me. He’s not getting the pay-per-views and stuff like that on his own. He has to fight me.“
Infamously, appearing at the UFC’s ‘Go Big’ press conference back in 2015 ahead of his featherweight title unification clash with then-champion, Jose Aldo — then-interim titleholder, McGregor took aim at then-lightweight best, Rafael dos Anjos, who claimed that a fight with the Dubliner would be easy money.
In response, McGregor coined a memorable phrase, which has been utilized by the UFC ever since during the promoting of his upcoming fights; “It’s red panty night when you sign to fight me, yeah.” McGregor replied to dos Anjos. “Back at home with your wife — it’s a celebration.”
Responding to Usman’s claims that it’s “green panty night” when an opponent signs to face him, McGregor questioned if the “jackass” has been repeating everything he has been saying recently.
“Am I tripping or is this jackass (Kamaru Usman) always at this?” McGregor wrote on his official Twitter. “Everything I say.“
Whilst Usman is preoccupied with a rematch against Masvidal at a sold-out Vystar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on April 24th — McGregor is slated to headline UFC 264 on July 10th in a lightweight trilogy, rubber match against former interim lightweight titleholder, Dustin Poirier.