Kamaru Usman moved up in very last week’s UFC rankings, but he however feels he is not receiving the acceptable volume of regard given his observe file in the marketing.
Heading into UFC 258, Kamaru Usman was ranked #5 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings driving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, and Stipe Miocic. Following he concluded Gilbert Burns to retain the welterweight title, Usman demanded that some regard be place on his title. One particular of the groups that Usman was referring to was the UFC rankings panel, who he felt was undervaluing his résumé with the #5 placement.
When the rankings arrived out adhering to the celebration, Usman was bumped up to #4 wherever he continues to be subsequent today’s update. Usman believes this is even now not commensurate with his physique of work and that there are only two names that, when active, he would concede the prime rating to.
“More and additional in my thoughts, I’m starting to feel like I’m #1,” Usman said in an ESPN interview next UFC 258. “But it’s still incredibly, pretty new mainly because Khabib fought not way too long ago. And of program, I’m providing it to Khabib. But if Khabib is retired and he’s walking absent from the activity, I set myself up there, especially with the absence of Jon correct now. I set myself up there. But if individuals guys are nevertheless in the photograph and active, it is quite, pretty tricky to deny what those people men have done.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov has been retired considering that final October with no crystal clear signs of him getting a combat booked at any time quickly irrespective of fluctuating reports on just how retired he truly is. As for Jon Jones, he has not competed due to the fact previous February in a very competitive choice victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Jones is hoping to return to competition later this year in the heavyweight division, but to Usman’s level, this has not been verified but as Jones and the UFC have nevertheless not occur to terms on the figures.
Usman Proceeds To Problem Rankings Conditions
Even if Khabib and Jones are currently being dealt with as completely lively, Usman would be positioned no reduced than #3 if the rankings have been to his liking. And the actuality that he is only #4 leads him to continue asking yourself what just the rankings are based mostly on.
“What I want to know: what would make that pound for pound? Is it a recognition contest?” Usman questioned. “Are they stating, ‘Oh, these fellas are well-liked, so that’s why they are #1 pound for pound?’ Which is why they are so substantial up? Is that what we’re likely by? If which is what we’re heading by, then I will need to know that. If it’s not what we’re going by, how could you say I really don’t belong up there?
“Because I’ve dropped perhaps I consider they mentioned on the judges’ scorecards, I missing a few rounds total in my UFC occupation. 3 rounds in 13 fights. Dominated each individual just one of my fights. And I think in around 70% of people fights I experienced at least one particular 10-8 round. I’ve experienced 10-7 rounds in those people fights. Never ever been taken down, under no circumstances been knocked down, and you’re expressing I do not are entitled to to be bigger up on that checklist?
“That’s why I am stating there needs to be some respect set on it,” Usman ongoing. “Or if it is a popularity contest, let me know. Then I have an understanding of what it is: ‘OK, yeah, reputation contest.’”
Kamaru Usman is at the moment 13- in the UFC, which ties Khabib’s file in the advertising. Usman also holds the file for most consecutive wins in the welterweight division, a document he broke at UFC 258 with his gain about Gilbert Burns. If Israel Adesanya and Stipe Miocic equally earn their massive fights coming up subsequent month, it may well be more very likely that Usman will drop in the rankings by the conclusion of March as a substitute of currently being moved up to exactly where he feels he belongs.
Do you agree with Kamaru Usman? Should he be ranked no lower than #3 on the P4P rankings?