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Kamaru Usman needs UFC to fork over some serious cash for a super fight between him and his close friend Israel Adesanya to become a reality. The fan appetite may be there, but Usman is hesitant to collide with his fellow Nigerian champion.

Adesanya recently told TSN that a fight with Usman was out of the question. Usman, the welterweight champion, is generally on the same page but suggests there could be a number worth fighting for. Whether or not it's a price point the UFC would consider is a separate conversation.

"That's exactly how I feel. It's kind of become the topic of the town. Everybody wants him and I to fight. Him and I to fight for what?" Usman told CBS Sports HQ. "Dana, if you really want this fight to happen, if you guys really want this fight to happen, how much pay-per-view are you guys willing to buy? How much is going to be on the table for Israel and I to sit down as brothers and say, 'Hey, we gotta do this because of mom and dad and we need to make sure that none of us ever have to work again.'

"I think it's going to take something ridiculous to get us at the table. I have no interest in that fight."

Shak's take: Adesanya and Usman are close friends and there is very little incentive for them to fight. It's fun for fans to theorize about dream matches. Beyond that, it's time to let the two champions move on. UFC is unlikely to make an offer compelling enough for Usman and Adesanya to do battle.

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