Dana White Believes Kamaru Usman Can Surpass George’s St-Pierre As Greatest Welterweight in UFC History

Published 04/20/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada celebrates his submission victory over Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman is on the road to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. Considering the record he has already accumulated as a fighter in the UFC, it is hard to question his status as one of the greatest already. He has almost cleaned out the Welterweight division and is now re-matching old opponents to emphasize his greatness.

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Usman is catching up to Georges St-Pierre, who has long been considered almost untouchable atop the Welterweight pantheon. But according to Dana White in a conversation with Yahoo Sports, Usman is well on his way to being the greatest already.

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“I love Usman, he has done great. To be one of the greatest ever, obviously, he’s got a little more time here to surpass GSP. But look at what he’s done, look at what he’s accomplished. Look at who he has fought. Not only did he beat all these guys, but now he’s circling back and facing these guys for a second time to put a stamp on them. At the rate this guy is going, he’s going to go down as the greatest ever or as one of the greatest ever.”

Kamaru Usman: Can he surpass GSP?

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Kamaru Usman is challenging the status of a titan. GSP helped the sport of MMA grow out of the dark ages and into what we know it as now. He was a dominant champion, still towering over Usman with the record for most title defenses in the division.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14. Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at. T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, Usman has already broken the win-streak that GSP had in the division. Many would argue that Usman has done it against better competition, as the depth of the division is considered better now. But GSP had genuine super-fights against the likes of BJ Penn and Matt Hughes. Usman is yet to have one of those rivalries.

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While Usman vs Jorge Masvidal or Colby Covington is a good story, it doesn’t match what GSP was doing with Penn and Hughes in terms of impact. But UFC 261 is expected to be a million-buy card because of how people are investing in Usman and Masvidal. There is a real chance that Usman stands tall as the GOAT one day.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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