Kamaru Usman Wants To Be Remembered As The Greatest MMA Fighter Ever
Ever since acquiring the UFC Welterweight gold from Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, the no.1 pound for pound fighter, Kamaru Usman has been on absolute tear and hasn’t looked back. Since winning the title he has defeated, Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns, and Jorge Masvidal (twice) which has brought up his tally of title defenses to 4.
A fifth straight successful defense would tie Usman with Matt Hughes for the second-longest streak in the Welterweight division, with Georges St-Pierre’s leading the charts with 9 title defenses.
Only time will tell where Kamaru Usman lies among the ranks of MMA greats. But as of now, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare” has set his sight on the unique goal of becoming the greatest fighter to ever grace the MMA ring.
Talking to a private media outlet, the reigning Welterweight Champion said, “By the time I decide to walk away from the sport, everyone is going to look back to my body of work and say, you know what, he truly was one of the greatest to ever do this”.
Usman is scheduled to fight Colby Covington this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. A victory against the bitter rival will definitely add to the Nigerian’s legacy.
As of now, the 34-year-old Nigerian is unbeaten in the UFC and has already broken the record of most wins in the UFC’s welterweight division which was previously held by Georges St-Pierre. But complacency is not an option when striving for a bigger prize.
When asked if his records matter to him, Usman said, “No, not right now. I think they will eventually. I think when I’m done with the sport, when I actually have time to sit back and reflect, I think, yeah, eventually being able to sit with my kids and my grandkids and let them know that, look what grandpa did, I think at that point, it will mean something. But as of right now, not really. Now, it’s just about getting the next one, the next victory.”
The Nigerian further added, “By the time its said and done, I want to leave a legacy so that people say he’s the greatest to ever do this.”