Kamaru Usman believes he cemented his case as the top pound-for-pound fighter on Saturday night.
In the main event of UFC 261, Usman scored a vicious second-round KO over Jorge Masvidal to defend his belt for the fourth time. It was a phenomenal showing for “The Nigerian Nightmare” who believes cements his case as the P4P best and is closing in on, if not already is, the welterweight GOAT.
“That’s up to them, that’s not up to me,” Usman said at the UFC 261 post-fight press conference when asked about his status as the greatest welterweight in history (via MMAFighting). “I just need to continue to do what I do and that’s dominate every individual. That’s my last three opponents and I’ve finished all three of them. I don’t worry about that. I take it a fight at a time.
“If people want to consider me the best, then they can,” Usman continued. “But as of right now, I do believe that right now I’m pound-for-pound, I am the best fighter on the planet.”
Kamaru Usman certainly has a case for being the pound-for-pound best. He has been active and dominating and finishing his opponents. The welterweight champ also believes when he is at this best, no one can even compete with him.
“Myself,” Usman answered when asked about his toughest opponent. “When I go out there and do what I do, I dominate everybody. That’s why I feel like I’m the pound-for-pound best fighter. I dominate everyone. As long as I’m in there and I’m present, I go out there and I do my thing and I dominate everyone.”
Usman is likely to rematch Colby Covington next later this year. If he beats Covington again and then beats Leon Edwards or Stephen Thompson, he could be the welterweight GOAT and the pound-for-pound best in the UFC.