‘You Can’t Do That To Me’ – Daniel Cormier Reminds Kamaru Usman

Published 02/15/2021, 10:55 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Daniel Cormier of the United States celebrates his win by submission over Derrick Lewis of the United States in their heavyweight title bout during the UFC 230 event at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


After his incredible victory at UFC 258 against Gilbert Burns, UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman had an interesting altercation with former UFC heavyweight (and light heavyweight) Daniel Cormier.

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Cormier met Usman after his fight and congratulated him. He joked, “Just know you’ll never do that s*** to me.”

They shared a hug while Usman’s team shared a laugh.

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He also addressed Usman’s switch to southpaw and his highly effective jabs when he made his post-fight comments. Cormier played his part as an analyst for the UFC and said, “Usman started throwing a great jab in the first and the second rounds, but by the third round after he hurt Burns with a right hand, he switched to southpaw. He put his power hand in front and dropped Gilbert Burns with a jab that really did rock him and started the end to the fight.”

Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns: The continuation of a long reign

The fight in itself was really entertaining, with Burns taking the first round. However, “The Nigerian Nightmare” found his groove in the second round and finally finished Burns in the third round.

With this victory, Kamaru Usman now has a 13 fight unbeaten streak, which broke the record for the most consecutive wins in Welterweight history. MMA Legend Georges St. Pierre held the original record.

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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)

Usman then went on to call out Jorge Masvidal, who he previously beat at UFC 251, to make sure that the American doesn’t have any excuses left for his loss. Masvidal took the first fight on a week’s notice, and Kamaru referred to this when he talked about excuses.

The future of welterweight is decisively clear when it’s compared to other divisions, and it’s a mark on Usman’s utter dominance that no one has even come close to beating him. He deserves the respect of the UFC world, and no matter what fight is made, Kamaru Usman is here to stay.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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