The welterweight champion Kamaru Usman should start being talked about as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, according to UFC President Dana White.
At UFC 277 in Dallas, Texas, former champion Brandon Moreno won the interim flyweight crown for the organization, and Amanda Nunes defeated Julianna Pea once more to reclaim the women’s bantamweight title.
It was brought up at the event’s post-fight press conference that Nunes’ dominant performance in the main event raised the question of where she stood among the greatest MMA fighters.
Instead of speaking on Nunes’ legacy, White unexpectedly switched the topic over to the UFC’s welterweight champion.
“Well, I’m glad you asked me that question actually,” White answered. “You know, I still consider Jon Jones. It’s time to start talking about Kamaru Usman, you know? He’s one fight away from tying Anderson Silva. He already beat Jon Jones and GSP. And in his next fight if he beats Leon Edwards, he ties Anderson Silva. So, yeah he’s in the discussion.”
Usman first claimed the UFC’s welterweight title with a lopsided victory over Tyron Woodley in 2019. Since winning the belt he’s successfully defended his title 5 times against Colby Covington (twice), Jorge Masvidal (twice), and Gilbert Burns.
The 35-year-old has not been defeated since his second pro bout, and his current winning streak stands at 15 UFC victories dating back to 2015.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” is currently preparing for a rematch with Leon Edwards, which will serve as the main event of UFC 278 on August 20.
Usman is already making plans to make the jump to light heavyweightif he defeats Edwards, but that will be no easy feat given that “Rocky” is on a nine-fight win streak since losing a unanimous decision to Usman in 2015.
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