Kamaru Usman has revealed his take on the ‘all-time great’ discussion. The current welterweight champ feels that only fans and fellow fighters can attest to how good he is.
Speaking to ESPN MMA, he says, “That’s not for me to say. I let the people say that”. The Nigerian fighter recognizes that he has some considerable achievements yet he insists on remaining humble.
“I don’t need to say it, I let my work speak for itself”. Moreover, he gives the example of Michael Jordan, who he thinks is probably aware that he’s the greatest yet never openly says it. Similarly, Usman lets the people and his performances do his talking for him.
Initially, he relinquished Tyron Woodley of the welterweight title. Then, he defended it against Masvidal and two others. Surprisingly, Usman called out Masvidal for a rematch after his latest fight.
As it turns out, Usman felt he had unfinished business with Masvidal. When the two fought at UFC 251, Usman was victorious after 5 rounds and a unanimous decision. However, fans remained unimpressed with Usman.
Kamaru was not able to finish a Jorge Masvidal who took up the fight with a six-day notice and a half camp. Naturally, the fans expect better from a welterweight champ. Hence, he is keen to prove himself at UFC 261.
Can Kamaru Usman become “the Greatest”?
Kamaru Usman has also received big praise from Khabib Nurmagomedov. After announcing his retirement last year, Khabib believes that Usman is now the No. 1 Pound for Pound fighter. Even so, Kamaru tries to remain level-headed.
He admits that it is not his job to tell people what to think of him. Rather, it is up to them whether or not they perceive him as No.1, which he claims to feel, on the inside. Usman also makes a case for himself, saying he’s the only ‘active’ fighter producing at a high level.
Usman will take on Gamebred on the 24th of April at UFC 261. He will once again want to beat Masvidal as he looks to retain his welterweight title and ‘rectify’ that he is indeed deserving to be one of the greatest.
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