Dominance MMA leader, Ali Abdelaziz has heaped praise on his client, reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, claiming that the Auchi native is already the greatest welterweight mixed martial artist of all-time — and has already surpassed former two-weight champion, Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre in the billing.
Usman, who boasts a promotional perfect 14-0 record, has dropped just one defeat over the course of his 20-fight professional career, and in April of this year, lodged his fourth consecutive successful welterweight title defense.
Now under the tutelage of the renowned Trevor Wittman at ONX Labs in Colorado, Usman is slated to make his third Octagon walk of the year next month — headlining a UFC 268 card from Madison Square Garden on November 6. — tackling former interim champion, Colby Covington in a rematch of their December 2019 Fight of the Year contender.
In his most recent outing, the Nigerian powerhouse bested two-time title challenger, Jorge Masvidal for the second time in his career, stopping the Floridian with a brutal, second round, one-punch knockout in the main event of UFC 261 in April at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.
In a recent rankings update, the 34-year-old officially clinched the top spot on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, overtaking former two-time light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. And according to Usman’s manager, Abdelaziz, in his opinion, Usman is already the greatest ever welterweight fighter.
“Kamaru Usman is the king, best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie recently. “I’ve been saying that. Finally, people get it. They understand it. I never cared what they thought anyway. Best welterweight on the planet, you have to start talking about Kamaru Usman up there with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) (pound-for-pound). If you stick the needles in your butt, you’re disqualified. No disrespect to nobody — fact. If you tested positive for any drugs, you’re out. Don’t talk about it.“
Abdelaziz continued, and while claiming that he “loves” former middleweight and welterweight champion, St-Pierre — who is widely considered the greatest welterweight of all-time, if not the greatest fighter in the history of the sport — he believes Usman is just better.
“I believe Usman surpassed Georges St-Pierre,” Abdelaziz said. “(I) Love Georges, (but) Kamaru never lost. He tied his record, he’s gonna break his record on November 6. He’s never been dropped, never been taken down, never put in any kind of danger in a fight. Georges did, Georges lost, Georges has been dropped, Georges got taken down. Love Georges. He’s a Hall of Famer, well deserved. Kamaru has to be talked about as a pound-for-pound king.“
Clinching the title back in March 2019, Usman took a unanimous decision win over Tyron Woodley before then stopping the aforenoted, Covington with a fifth round knockout in December of that year.
Last year, Usman bested Masvidal in a short-notice title defense on ‘Fight Island’ in July — before returning in February of this year, stopping former Sanford MMA teammate, Gilbert Burns with a third round knockout at UFC 258.
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