Kamaru Usman is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC right now. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ displaced Jon Jones recently after the latter dropped a place due to inactivity and the recent disciplinary issues surrounding him. Usman has already defended his welterweight belt four times, and is still undefeated in the UFC.
There has been a lot of talk about Kamaru Usman moving up a weight class and challenging for the middleweight championship. However, it has always been pending since the friendship between fellow Nigerians, Usman and middleweight champ Israel Adesanya has been more than just glory and titles.
In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Usman’s manager and Dominance MMA CEO Ali Abdelaziz that he would never disturb the Usman-Adesanya equilibrium, but will love to see Usman pummel Robert Whittaker, in case Adesanya loses to ‘Bobby Knuckles’ next year.
“I believe stylistically he is a nightmare for a lot of these guys” – Ali Abdelaziz on Kamaru Usman
Abdelaziz was quoted as saying: “At the end of the day, if Whittaker wins, Kamaru can go up and fight Whittaker too. He’ll whoop Whittaker. I believe Kamaru can go up to middleweight and become a champ, today. I believe, stylistically he is a nightmare for a lot of these guys.” [firstsportz.com]
Whittaker and Adesanya fought back in UFC 243. Adesanya was the interim middleweight champion prior to that. In only the second round of the fight, Whittaker was knocked out cold in his own backyard. Since then Adesanya has kept hold of his MW title.
Usman, on the other hand, is set to face Colby Covington in a rematch at UFC 268. The fierce rivals will be running back their all-time classic that took place in December 2019. Covington this time, is determined to bring real ‘Chaos’ to the Octagon in a bid to rectify the errors that cost him the fight, last time around.