UFC champion Kamaru Usman posted a series of messages to social media telling his 'haters' to "kill" themselves.
The pound-for-pound No.1 claimed there is a selection of viewers that watch his Snapchat story with the sole purpose of criticising him.
Usman had clearly reached breaking point and went on a rant directed at his 'haters'.
"Whomever you are watching my story, please just choke yourself. 2022 started and your life is centred around others," he wrote in the story. Better yet, kill yourself. Having fun watching my life and not yours."
He accompanied the post with a middle finger emoji.
It went on: "I love my fans even those that yet because you truly only wish you could be me."
Usman was widely considered the UFC's Fighter of the Year in 2021 after defending his 170-pound three times in nine months.
'The Nigerian Nightmare' stopped Gilbert Burns in February and Jorge Masvidal in April before outpointing bitter rival Colby Covington in November.
And he later explained the rant he posted in a video message on his Snapchat story.
"Let me clear this up, I know that was tough. It was 4am in the morning, it was a little slizzered and obviously, I typed that the wrong way," he said in the video.
"Let me rephrase this for that hater, you know who you are, that particular hater there's one of you or maybe two of you that keeps watching my story so you can have something to hate on.
"Choke yourself, it's me saying it now, choke yourself. For the rest of my fans, my real fans I love and appreciate you guys, I always have and always will."
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Usman is one of the most dominant champions in the UFC and has continued to improve as a fighter since winning the title in 2019.
The Nigerian's – who is now unbeaten in 20 fights – was called out by fellow UFC star Conor McGregor in November after he accused Usman of "copying" his mannerisms.
"Usman even copying my shots now," McGregor said in his recent tweet. "Am I to fight this guy at some stage?
"I think so. Can’t be copying my words and my shots and not get a smack for it. I like 170. It’s mine soon."
Before McGregor is to target Usman's welterweight title, he must first recover from a broken leg and likely get a win under his belt.
The former two-weight champion has targeted a return to "full MMA sparring" in April and has hopes of booking his next fight in the summer.
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