Which UFC welterweight is most likely to dethrone Kamaru Usman?
Kamaru Usman sealed his position as the UFC’s premier welterweight with a third-round TKO of No. 1 competitor Gilbert Burns at UFC 258, and his reign of supremacy at the top of the 170-pound department continued this previous Saturday.
Usman now has actually safeguarded his title 3 times considering that he controlled Tyron Woodley to win it. His wins over Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Burns all revealed Usman’s champion qualifications. He lasted longer than the department’s cardio king, outbattled among the most skilled fighters in the UFC, then stopped among the hardest punchers in the weight class.
Usman’s most current win ways he now is riding a 17-fight winning streak, consisting of an unbeaten 13-0 in the UFC with dominant success over 6 of the existing leading 10, consisting of each fighter presently in the leading 4.
It asks the concern: Which UFC welterweight is more than likely to dismiss Usman? In this week’s edition of Triple Take, Mixed Martial Arts Addict’s Farah Hannoun, Simon Head and Danny Segura use their views on who from the UFC’s 170-pound department may have the very best possibility of securing “The Nigerian Nightmare.”
Farah Hannoun: Colby Covington
Usman continues to show it’s going to take a lot to blend his title far from him. The champ has actually currently cleaned out most of the department with title defenses over Burns, Masvidal and Covington. However nobody had the ability to press Usman to his limitation more than Covington. In among the best battles in UFC history, Covington and Usman stood toe-to-toe for 24 minutes till Usman had the ability to put Covington away in the 5th round at UFC 245. Up till Round 5, one judge had the battle scored 3-1 in favor of Covington. Another had it 3-1 Usman. The 3rd had it connected at 2 rounds each. Covington had the ability to match Usman’s cardio and ruthless speed, and neither even tried a takedown. The dominant Usman has actually looked near perfect in all his octagon looks and Covington was the only one to take him to the verge. With their bad blood and history, a rematch would be among the most extremely prepared for battles the UFC might perhaps assemble. Likewise, thinking about that it’s just rematches that are on Usman’s radar, why not run back the most firmly objected to one?
Simon Head: Leon Edwards
It holds true: Usman was the clear winner when he dealt with Leon Edwards at UFC on FOX 15 in December 2015. However the Brit has actually progressed substantially as a fighter considering that, and for my cash represents the most genuine risk to Usman’s title reign. Since losing on the scorecards to Usman a little more than five years ago, Edwards has actually gone on an eight-fight winning streak, during which he has shown major improvements in all areas of his game – most notably his wrestling and scrambling abilities. Edwards outwrestled Dominic Waters, submitted Albert Tumenov and outstruck Vicente Luque, Bryan Barberena and Peter Sobotta. He showed he was ready for a step up with his dominant win over Donald Cerrone in June 2018, then proved he had reached elite level by defeating former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on ESPN 4 in July 2019. Unfortunately, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has left Edwards on the shelf. He missed out on a bout with Woodley in London, then saw three successive bookings to face Khamzat Chimaev fall by the wayside. Edwards’ inactivity may be a concern, but his growth as a fighter, coupled with the length of time that has passed considering that his first meeting with Usman, makes the rematch a compelling option for later this year. And given how Usman has dealt with the other top contenders in the division, Edwards offers the most well-rounded challenge to “The Nigerian Nightmare’s” title reign.
Danny Segura: Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130.
It might just take a curveball to throw off Usman. The champ has established himself as a dominant force at 170 pounds. With three title defenses under his belt, Usman no longer is a new champion but the champion at welterweight. I’m hesitant to say he’s cleared out the division, but he does hold a win over everyone in the top five UFC rankings except one man: Stephen Thompson. Yes, “The Nigerian Nightmare” showed tons of evolution in his striking in his win against Burns and it feels like he’s really distanced himself from the pack. However, Thompson brings an uncommon style that’s hard to prepare for and gives everyone trouble, even if victorious. Thompson is nearing 40, but he’s looked better than ever in recent fights. Because suffering a knockout loss to Anthony Pettis, Thompson has actually defeated top-notch strikers in Luque and Geoff Neal. To be honest, I think Usman is now the second-greatest champ in the history of the UFC’s welterweight division – behind Georges St-Pierre, of course – and it’s going to take a lot to dethrone that man. I see him holding the title for some time, however Thompson may have the very best possibility at acquiring that welterweight strap. [vertical-gallery id=309649] [listicle id=588342]
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.