UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman wants to defend his title against Conor McGregor if a fight with Jorge Masvidal doesn't come to fruition, his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN's Brett Okamoto.
Usman and Masvidal have been targeted to fight for months, but UFC president Dana White said earlier in May that a different matchup could be in the works for the latter.
Over the past few days, Masvidal and Nate Diaz have hinted at a potential rematch of their BMF fight, which headlined the promotion's annual Madison Square Garden event last November. Masvidal beat Diaz via doctor's stoppage TKO.
Usman reacted to a potential matchup with McGregor on social media Monday.
McGregor, a former lightweight and featherweight champion, returned to the Octagon in January and defeated Donald Cerrone via 40-second TKO in a welterweight contest. The Irishman has expressed in recent months a desire to capture a third UFC belt, something no one has done before.
Usman is coming off his first title defense, a fifth-round TKO win over Colby Covington at UFC 245 in December.