Former champion recalls tense atmosphere with Charles do Bronx before UFC fight: 'I didn't want to say hello'

Kamaru Usman reveals embarrassing moment he experienced with Brazilian backstage at Ultimate

Charles do Bronx is a Brazilian standout in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @ufc_brasil

Charles of the Bronx He is a Brazilian standout in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @ufc_brasil

The climate between Charles of the Bronx e Kamaru Usman seems far from friendly. In a recent interview with the P4P Show podcast, the former welterweight champion of UFC revealed a less than cordial meeting with the Brazilian backstage at the UFC 274, before the fight between the Brazilian and Justin gaethje.

On that occasion, Charles, who was about to lose his lightweight belt (up to 70,3kg) due to a failed weigh-in, made a point of congratulating Usman. The Nigerian, however, hesitated, admitting that his loyalty to Gaethje, who was about to face Do Bronx in the Octagon, prevented him from having a bigger moment with the Brazilian.


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“I didn’t want to greet Charles. You were fighting my brother Justin, so I didn't want to. My brother is going to war, we are all going to war,” Usman confessed.

Usman's coldness, however, did not stop Charles. With a dominant performance, the Brazilian submitted Gaethje in the first round with a rear naked choke, winning the number one contender spot for the lightweight belt.


Subsequently, Do Bronx was defeated by Islam makhachev, recovered against Beneil Dariush and now he is one of the protagonists of UFC 300 before Arman Tsarukyan, in a fight that could put him in another chance at the title.

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