In the UFC current roster, who has a better argument for number one pound for pound list than Kamaru Usman? He has literally beaten top guys in his division, knocking out all his opponents since winning the title.
Many would come up and say that Jon Jones is still the best fighter, although Jones might have the better resume overall but if we compare both of their performances the past few years, Jones had razor thin decisions and has not fought for more than a year already. To top it all off, he is not a current champion, though he did not lose it but rather relinquished it.
The only other fighter that might have the same argument would have to be Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he retired. Like Usman, Khabib has dominated all his opponents, submitting all of them since winning the title. Since he is officially retired, he is also out of the picture.
What makes it even scarier is that Usman just keeps on improving. During Usman’s rise, he was called a boring fighter mainly because he stalls the fights and cruise to a one-sided decision but after winning the belt against Tyron Woodley, he has knocked out all his opponents.
After winning the title, he was also the guy who stopped Colby Covington’s long win streak and even stopped him in the fifth round. Covington who was known for his cardio, that makes his opponents get tired in the later rounds, Usman proved that his cardio is on par with someone as good as Covington, though Covington was the fighter that gave Usman his toughest fight.
He then went on switch camps for his fight with then teammate Gilbert Burns to avoid any internal issues. He went to train under Trevor Wittman. It made Usman’s striking elevate to another level. His jab became a great weapon where he did not even use his wrestling for Burns and the rematch with Masvidal.
He already broke George St Pierre’s consecutive win for the welterweight division and has the second longest consecutive win in UFC history. A few more wins, he might become the greatest fighter of all time, especially if he keeps on knocking his opponents out. A rematch with Colby Covington is highly likely the next step.