UFC champ Kamaru Usman wants to follow in Paige VanZant's footsteps and go on hit show Dancing with the Stars

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman wants to follow in the footsteps of Paige VanZant – by competing on Dancing with the Stars.

Former UFC strawweight VanZant competed on the show, which is the American equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2016 but finished second to Nyle DiMarco.

And after registering his third defence of the 170lb strap last weekend against Gilbert Burns, The Nigerian Nightmare wants to put his dancing shoes on.

When asked if he'd go on the show, Usman told TMZ: "I do my thing! I do my thing!

"That's the thing with me, I understand that practice makes perfect and I'm disciplined enough to be able to train at it.

"So anything, if I need to work at it, do the moves, learn 'em, boom! I'm in there! I can get it down."

Usman's third-round TKO victory over Burns – his Sanford MMA team-mate – saw him break Georges St-Pierre's record for the most consecutive victories in the history of the UFC's welterweight division.

Africa's first UFC champion is willing to take on whoever the promotion deems worthy of the next crack at the 170lb throne but is eager to settle the score with Jorge Masvidal.


In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Usman said: "We got this little street thug calling himself Jesus.

"He's thinking he is Jesus. And you know, we tried to make that fight several times.

"They tried to make that fight. But he kept backing out. The only reason this man took the (previous) fight is because it was on six days notice and he had a built in excuse.

"And he is still running his mouth talking about he broke my nose and stepping in on six days.

"Give him three weeks and he is going to do something.

"Guess what? It's not done. I will give you a whole training camp.

"I guarantee you won't sign on that dotted line because this time I'm going to finish your ass."

Fan favourite Masvidal hasn't fought since coming up short in his UFC 251 showdown with Usman, a bout which headlined the promotion's first Fight Island card.

According to ESPN, a rematch between the rivals is already in the works for later this year.

And the UFC are said to be hopeful of pitting the pair as opposition coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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