‘His Strengths Are on the Mat’- Teddy Atlas Believes Kamaru Usman Would Not Find ‘Tremendous Success’ in a Boxing Ring

Published 12/29/2021, 10:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman garnered a lot of praise after defending his championship against his nemesis, Colby Covington, at UFC 268 last month. He is, without a question, the finest welterweight fighter in the world right now. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ ranks first in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings.

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Following his victory at UFC 268, Kamaru Usman stated that he is interested in competing in a boxing match against the boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Usman has shown interest in boxing Alvarez on many occasions. However, Canelo is least interested and wants to focus on building his legacy as a boxer.

Teddy Atlas, the legendary boxing coach, and commentator, recently appeared in an interview with ‘The Schmo’. He discussed Kamaru Usman’s desire to fight Canelo Alvarez in a boxing contest in the interview.

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Teddy Atlas said,” listen, why wouldn’t he bring up his name? He’s the biggest money-maker in the business. So I mean, that shows you that he’s got a brain in his head. It shows you that you know, Usman is smart. If he’s going to pick up anybody or pick anybody, it’s going to be a guy that could make the most money.”

“He’s got physicality, he’s very strong, he’s a decent puncher, and he’s not a bad striker–although I think a lot of his strengths are on the mat with his knowledge there and his physicality,” 

He added,” you throw him in there with a B-level guy or even a good journeyman guy, no. I don’t want to upset anyone with the fans out there, but as long as the rules are strictly boxing, no, he wouldn’t be able to have tremendous success there.”

Kamaru Usman is close to beating Anderson Silva’s legendary record

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Kamaru Usman’s desire to face Canelo Alvarez might never really happen. However, he still can achieve a lot more in the octagon, owing to his current form. The fighter is currently on a 19 fight win streak in his professional career. In the UFC, Usman is currently on a 15 fight win streak.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over 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)

Kamaru Usman is currently only one win away from beating Anderson Silva’s record of having the most consecutive wins in the UFC. Silva’s record is of a 16 fight win streak.

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Do you think Usman will walk away with a win and beat Silva’s legendary record? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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