For a few years now, the overall level of fighters in the UFC has been exploding, with young athletes getting stronger and stronger. And for Dana White there is a star current who can easily rise to the level of Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre in the race for honorary GOAT status.

Dana White can be smiling, the UFC has never been so supplied with talent. In almost all categories, there are exceptional superstars who offer the ever-growing number of fans anthology evenings. What about the lightweights, for example, who rebuilt themselves wonderfully after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement? Today Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev are at the top of their game!

In bantamweight, we find the one who is presented as the next Conor McGregor, Sean O’Malley, but also legends like Jose Aldo or the very controversial TJ Dillashaw. Concretely, the UFC roster has never been so impressive, the athletes have never been so strong, and the trend could well be confirmed in the years to come, since MMA will develop all over the world, which will logically increase the general level.

For Dana White, Kamaru Usman is a potential GOAT

But right now, one category may be above the others in terms of level: welterweights. Kamaru Usman is a living legend, the new champion Leon Edwards is only 30 years old and the future ahead of him, when Khamzat Chimaev is already establishing himself as a huge superstar. And for Dana White, welterweight would welcome a potential GOAT. He spoke to The MMA Underground:

Kamaru Usman is at the top of the all-time hierarchy with guys like Jon Jones, Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre. For me he is already the greatest welterweight, it is undeniable. Look who he beat during his reign. He defeated guys, continued his race to beat them a second time! He walks on guys who are really too strong.

Obviously, these words were made before Kamaru Usman’s loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 278, which will be remembered as one of the biggest upsets of all time. And this result comes to question the opinion of Dana White. Indeed, the Nigerian Nightmare has “only” 5 title defenses at welterweight, against 10 for Quebecer Georges St-Pierre!

And as so rightly explained Khabib Nurmagomedov, nothing says that Kamaru Usman will ever return to his best level, he who is already 35 years old and who risks feeling the consequences of this huge knockout for many months. Unless he reclaims the belt in dominant fashion and chained defenses to retirement, pundits will now struggle to make Usman the GOAT of welterweight.

Kamaru Usman’s crazy streak for his arrival in the UFC will be remembered, since rarely no man has been as dominant, as quickly as him. But in terms of comparisons with Georges St-Pierre and the other big names, this defeat is detrimental.

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