The UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou believes welterweight king Kamaru Usman is the greatest fighter of all time. In 2021, Usman exte
The UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou believes welterweight king Kamaru Usman is the greatest fighter of all time.
In 2021, Usman extended his reign at 170 pounds and continued his dominance over the division’s top contenders.. Earlier in the year, he overcame early adversity at UFC 258 to TKO former tag team partner Gilbert Burns, who was riding a six-fight streak into his first title shot.
After showing off the improvements he has made to his striking under the tutelage of Trevor Wittman against Burns, Usman put it on display two months later when he faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. In the second round, he secured his place in the knockout of the year debate with a vicious right hand.
After climbing the mountain of the pound, Usman further tightened his hold on the welterweight class by defeating Colby Covington for the second time at UFC 268.. After being taken the distance at Madison Square Garden, “The Nigerian Nightmare” notched up another victory over the number 1 contender on the scorecards.
► Ngannou has no doubt where Usman is in the GOAT debate
After establishing himself as the king of the pound-for-pound rankings earlier in the year, Usman’s second win over Covington made him one of the best champions in the UFC, if not the best. In the opinion of many, the current champion’s undefeated record of 15-0 and his five title defenses have allowed him to surpass Georges St-Pierre and become the greatest welterweight of all time.
But while that view is hotly contested in the MMA community, one UFC headline believes that Usman has earned that status and much more.. In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the also African champion of the UFC Francis Ngannou suggested that “The Nigerian Nightmare” is “definitely” the greatest fighter of all time.
“If you look at his professional history, he is the best fighter pound for pound. And in my opinion, he is definitely the best fighter of all timeNgannou said. «He is undefeated (in the UFC), with at least like four or five (defenses) of the title, which is something that (others have done that), but he is doing it in a nice way«.
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Although, in the opinion of many fans and experts, has not overcome the likes of Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, it’s hard to deny that Usman is well on his way to GOAT status.
If the champion can defeat contenders like Leon Edwards, Vicente Luque and Khamzat Chimaev in the coming months and years, Ngannou’s opinion could become the consensus.