Following an interview on FOX Sports 1 in which he first answered questions about his unanimous decision win over two-time title contender Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Chile on Saturday, Usman was given the opportunity to speak directly to Woodley, who was working the desk at the FOX Sports studios.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” didn’t mince words.
“Champ, you know my social media hasn’t changed since I got in the game five years ago,” Usman said. “Welterweight, and I’m coming for that gold strap and with that performance, even with some handicaps, no one can deny that I’m definitely top-five right now in the division.”
Though Usman said he injured both of his hands during the fight with Maia, he was still able to control the majority of the action, outstriking Maia and preventing the 40-year-old veteran from utilizing his legendary ground game.
Still, from what Woodley saw, he expects a bout between himself and Usman to go a lot differently for the Ultimate Fighter 21 winner.
“You know what Kamaru Usman, congratulations, number one, never want to take the credit [away], Demian Maia’s a tough opponent,” Woodley said. “Me, as the champion, I’m always welcome to any challenger, just make it to that point, I’ll be on the other side of the Octagon.
“I did see a couple of things if you do against me you might end up waking up with the smelling salts. But hey, hats off to you, great job.”
Both Usman and Woodley now hold five-round unanimous decision wins over Maia, and Usman took to Twitter later in the evening to ask Woodley, “who did it better?”