Dana White has named Kamaru Usman ‘the greatest welterweight of all time’ after he went to war with Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268 on Saturday night.
Usman, who in April knocked out Jorge Masvidal to defend the welterweight title for the fourth time aged 33, is the UFC’s pound-for-pound king in their latest top ten list after victory over Covington at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ outslugged the ‘Chaos’ American in a five-round war in which neither man was willing to give an inch. Usman, 34, won the fight by scorecards of 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46.
And it saw White, who was sat cageside for the fight, boldly suggest that Usman is the best to ever do it at 170lbs.
He told a press conference: “He’s special, he’s damn good, and I think he’s the greatest welterweight of all time.
“He’s obviously the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now.
“He’s one of the guys that we could all start arguing soon about GOAT status. And he’s fighting everybody, it’s not like he’s only fought this guy.
“He’s fought everybody and he’s starting to come back a second time around and beat guys.”
White, 52, has long raved about Usman and he even went so far as to suggest that the 34-year-old wrestler has the potential to break Anderson Silva‘s record for the longest winning streak in the UFC.
Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion, won 16 fights in a row over a period of six years, including wins over former champs Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson, the most in UFC history.
But White believes Usman can do better than that, but only if he wants to carry on fighting.
“I think you just keep winning and you get the record so far apart that nobody is going to ever break it,” he added.
“Anderson Silva, if you look at the 20 years he did 16 and this kid could do what? I don’t know 18, 20.
“How much longer does he want to fight? We’ll see.”