‘You Don’t Know Anything About Fighting’- Dana White Blasts Kamaru Usman’s Haters

Published 02/15/2021, 6:48 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Dana White spoke to the media following UFC 258, where Kamaru Usman defended his title for the third time. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ faced adversity early on but made sure to implement his game plan to defeat Gilbert Burns. The end came in the third round, following a well-timed stance-switch jab that sent Burns to the canvas.

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The two welterweights were long-time training partners who had spent a considerable amount of time with each other in sparring. Chiefly, this dynamic brought in many eyeballs as fans were curious to see how their bout would play out.

Suffice to say, Kamaru Usman showed the world that he is head and shoulders above the rest of the contenders in the division.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Gilbert Burns of Brazil punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He’s begun the process of cleaning out the division and holds wins over all the top contenders ranked below him. It’s a matter of time before he starts handing out rematches to assert his dominance at 170 pounds.

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The long-time boss of the UFC was asked to chime in on Usman’s impact on the sport and whether he was an underappreciated fighter. White broke down the narrative that casual fans didn’t really appreciate the complexities of Usman’s overall game. Moreover, he explained that those fans who were in the know about fighting were well versed with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’s prowess.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – JUNE 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

“You have casual fans that will come in for the big ones, and then you have hardcore fans that will watch everything. There’s different groups of people that come and go. We can look at who is watching and know who watches 10 a year, we can do that with the pay-per-views…The people that know, know.”

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“For anybody to say Usman is not [elite], you don’t know anything about fighting, and that’s okay. Maybe you just jump in and like to watch it cause it’s the thing to do and Conor is fighting. But if know anything about fighting and you don’t think Usman is, you really don’t know anything about fighting.”

Kamaru Usman has already begun chasing greatness and could well be in the conversation to dethrone the welterweight GOAT, Georges St-Pierre. He’s been nothing short of dominant and hasn’t been knocked down or taken down in his UFC run. As long as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ lives up to his nickname, his greatness at the ‘all-time’ level will be undeniable.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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