Kamaru Usman has been proving his haters wrong every time he steps into the octagon. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ does not consider him as the greatest of all time but he sure does believes there is no better fighter in the world right now. He continued to shock the world with his performance at UFC 261 against Jorge Masvidal in Florida.
Kamaru has successfully defended his title four times in a row now after winning the welterweight belt against Tyron Woodley in 2019. He dominated the former champion for 5 rounds straight and won the bout. After that he has defended his title against the likes of Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns, and twice against Jorge Masvidal.
Clearly, Kamaru Usman is now stacked up against the greatest in the sport. He has earned his spot there as he proves to be a worthy welterweight champion time and time again. When asked if he was the greatest of all time, Kamaru said, “That’s up to them, that’s not up to me,” at the UFC 261 post-fight press conference.
“If people want to consider me the best, then they can. But as of right now, I do believe that right now I’m pound-for-pound, I am the best fighter on the planet,” the welterweight champion said in his press. And I don’t think a lot of people will argue with that.
Kamaru Usman says he is the most dominant champion in the history of UFC
According to the UFC rankings, there is only one fighter that is above Kamaru Usman for the pound-for-pound fighter. That is Jon Jones who reclaimed the top spot after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired. Kamaru Usman also told MMA Fighting that he believes he is the best pound for pound.
“With the whole pound-for-pound situation, as far as right now actively fighting, I believe that I am pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world right now,” Usman said. The fighter truly believes that he is the greatest champion in the history of UFC.
“I’m the most dominant champion in the UFC, period. Like I said, next week, I want to see that pound-for-pound list. Because I think right now I am the best pound-for-pound,” he concluded in the press.