Kamaru Usman won’t connect with himself the greatest of all time but the greatest proper now is a diverse story.
The welterweight winner capped off UFC 261 on Saturday night with a jaw-dropping knockout in the second spherical to end Jorge Masvidal while defending his title for the fourth consecutive time. The only motive the rematch with Masvidal occurred was for the reason that Usman was not personally satisfied with his overall performance in their initially meeting — a combat he won in a lopsided determination.
This time all around, Usman blasted Masvidal with a right-hand that sent the veteran contender down to the ground in a heap as “The Nigerian Nightmare” also prolonged his unbeaten streak in the UFC to 14 consecutive fights.
Later on, Usman was not interested in touting his career achievements when stacked up versus other all-time greats but in its place he named for some recognition as the finest fighter in the earth at the present instant.
“That’s up to them, that’s not up to me,” Usman claimed at the UFC 261 put up-combat push meeting when requested about his standing as the greatest welterweight in record. “I just will need to continue to do what I do and that is dominate each individual. That is my very last a few opponents and I’ve concluded all a few of them. I don’t fear about that. I get it a struggle at a time.
“If folks want to contemplate me the greatest, then they can. But as of correct now, I do think that appropriate now I’m pound-for-pound, I am the most effective fighter on the planet.”
Further than his title defenses, Usman has also taken out every single fighter thrown in his path before turning into a winner as he truly had to make his very first shot at UFC gold. He was best with a 9- resume as he climbed up the welterweight ranks though earning wins over Leon Edwards, Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos.
Just after dominating former winner Tyron Woodley for 5 rounds, Usman then broke Colby Covington’s jaw in his initial title defense, he finished former teammate Gilbert Burns and now retains two wins above Masvidal.
Primarily based on these varieties of studies, it’s getting harder and tougher to argue in opposition to Usman obtaining consideration as the most effective pound-for-pound fighter in all of combined martial arts.
“I have large, significant plans for myself,” Usman claimed. “I want to see it definitely, on Monday, pound-for-pound correct now I’m the finest fighter on the earth. I just want to see that on Monday.
“I’m the most dominant winner in the UFC, interval. Like I stated, future 7 days, I want to see that pound-for-pound checklist. Simply because I think right now I am the very best pound-for-pound.”
Based mostly on the recent UFC rankings, the only human being ahead of Usman proper now is former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who reclaimed the top place immediately after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from levels of competition.
Forward of the celebration on Saturday evening, Usman instructed MMA Combating that based mostly on lifetime achievements, he absolutely presents Jones his thanks but he thinks ideal now he’s the very best in the planet no matter of excess weight course.
“With the entire pound-for-pound situation, as considerably as suitable now actively preventing, I believe that that I am pound-for-pound the greatest fighter in the globe appropriate now,” Usman said.
“If you are conversing human body of do the job, completely it is nuts when you’re seeking at the body of operate that Jon Jones has place in, it’s ridiculous. He is for confident pound-for-pound but proper now actively fighting, I imagine with the absence of Khabib [Nurmagomedov], I feel I am the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the globe.”
As significantly as long run competitors goes, Usman may possibly be wanting at numerous likely rematches after UFC president Dana White by now declared Covington as the No. 1 contender in the division. There is also a prospective battle looming towards Leon Edwards if he receives past Nate Diaz at UFC 262 in May.
For his aspect, Usman says the most important impediment in his occupation will be the man in the mirror because there is no other welterweight who’s truly likely to problem him.
“Myself,” Usman answered when asked about his hardest opponent. “When I go out there and do what I do, I dominate every person. That is why I really feel like I’m the pound-for-pound most effective fighter. I dominate everyone. As lengthy as I’m in there and I’m existing, I go out there and I do my factor and I dominate everybody.”