During Wednesday’s UFC 294 Open Workouts, former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman slammed training partner Justin Gaethje. After the slam, Gaethje asked Usman if he was okay. Usman seemingly responded, “Something popped.” Almost immediately rumors and speculation began to fly on social media.
On Thursday morning, Usman released a video to his YouTube channel addressing the incident and the rumors that followed.
“Guys, this is crazy, yesterday seeing the tweet. It just goes to show how crazy, people just jump on news and media and, oh, that must be true. That person said that. That person said that,” Usman said.
“Whoever started it, whoever said they heard a result. How could you possibly heard what I said when it’s me and Justin on a stage in front of thousands of people in a mall? Were you next to us to where you heard what I was saying? How stupid. Just dumb, and if my knee was hurt, why would I get up and consist of hitting mitts? Oh my God. People believe anything you put on this internet. Anything. Any f**King thing. Whoever that was, stop it. Stop with the clickbait. Did not say that, clearly. I’m fine. Dummies.”
Usman takes on Khamzat Chimaev in the UFC 294 co-main event. Chimaev was originally slated to face Paulo Costa but Costa was removed from the fight card after having elbow surgery weeks before the event. Usman stepped in as a late replacement just 12 days before Saturday’s event.