Dana White Believes Kamaru Usman Is On His Way To ‘GOAT Status’

Published 02/12/2021, 9:21 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman is easily one of the most legitimate champions in the UFC right now. He is on a 12-fight UFC win streak and has won his three title fights quite convincingly. He beat Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal in lopsided decisions and knocked Colby Covington out in the fifth-round of a classic in 2019.

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Dana White is already putting Usman on the pantheon of greats, mentioning that Usman may break George St-Pierre‘s record of most consecutive wins at Welterweight.

“Usman has tied GSP for most consecutive UFC wins for 12. If he wins here tonight, he breaks GSPs record with 13. He’s on a 16-fight win streak. This guy has not lost in 7 years.

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White elaborated, “Usman is one of those quiet killers. This guy doesn’t go out beating his chest. He’s not out acting like a lunatic. He keeps his head down, he works hard, and look at what creeps up on us as he’s about to break GSPs record. If he can get through Gilbert Burns on Saturday night, which is going to be a tough fight. He’s just a guy who’ll keep grinding and then one day we’re all going to wake up and be talking about GOAT status for this guy.”

Kamaru Usman: On his way to being the GOAT?

Kamaru Usman has been dominating for a while now. A 12-fight win sreak with the opponents he has on his resume is beyond impressive. He is close toc leaning the division out, with the only top-five Welterweight to have never fought Usman being Stephen Thompson.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria takes down Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, crossing GSP will be very hard. GSP retired as a Middleweight Champion and never saw his streak at Welterweight break. He also won a lot of big fights with the title on the line. For context, GSPs 12th straight win came in his 9th title defense against Johny Hendricks. This will be just Usman’s third title defense.

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Usman may have a long way to challenge GSP’s throne, but he is establishing a formidable legacy of his own. A win over Gilbert Burns on Saturday will establish Usman as a genertaional great for this division.

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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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