Ahead of his fifth title protection, Kamaru Usman is already the best welterweight ever in supervisor Ali Abdelaziz’s eyes.
Coming of back-to-back knockouts of Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal, Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) has catapulted himself to the UFC’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, however Abdelaziz, the CEO of Dominance MMA, thinks it shouldn’t cease there as he believes Usman’s dominant and unbeaten run within the UFC’s welterweight division has eclipsed Georges St-Pierre, who holds the report for many 170-pound title defenses at 9.
“Kamaru Usman is the king, best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet,” Abdelaziz informed MMA Junkie. “I’ve been saying that. Finally, folks get it. They perceive it. I by no means cared what they thought anyway. Best welterweight on the planet, you need to begin speaking about Kamaru Usman up there with Khabib (pound for pound). If you stick the needles in your butt, you’re disqualified. No disrespect to no person – reality. If you examined constructive for any medicine, you’re out. Don’t discuss it.
“I believe Kamaru surpassed Georges St-Pierre. Love Georges, (but) Kamaru never lost. He tied his record, he’s gonna break his record on Nov. 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 the pound-for-pound king.”
Usman is scheduled to rematch Colby Covington in the primary occasion of UFC 268 on Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. While Usman has a slew of contenders ready for his or her shot, Abdelaziz desires to see his shopper transfer onto larger and higher issues if he will get previous Covington.
“Kamaru Usman has beaten everybody,” Abdelaziz stated. “The closest particular person to deserve something is Vicente Luque, the best way he’s beating up folks. But I need Kamaru to do larger and higher issues. I need him to go combat an actual, actual boxer. Go to the middleweight division and go win a second title. I don’t need him to combat some man like Jake Paul. No, that’s not what I need. I need him to go combat Canelo. Pound-for-pound king vs. pound-for-pound king.
“I’m not saying Dana is gonna make this happen, but Dana is excited in interesting fights, big fights, pound-for-pound kings – he’s a real promoter. He’s one of the greatest promoters I’ve ever seen, and I respect him enough to not to come to him with some bullish*t fight. But at the end of the day, if we see Conor McGregor hang with Floyd for 11 rounds, I’m sure Kamaru will hang with Canelo for 12 rounds.”