“Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman Knocks Out Cold Masvidal in UFC Title Defence
It was a devastating right hook that blanked out Jorge Masvidal in front of 15,000 crowd including Usman Kamaru’s father in his welterweight title defence at Jacksonville, Florida Saturday night.
The “Nigerian Nightmare” has now won 18 bouts and 14 in a row to become one of the longest winning streak in MMA.
Usman delivered the deadly punch to send the 36-year-old to the canvas and the follow-up blows were unnecesssary as the opponent was already out.
GOAT in the Making
President of UFC Dana White believes Usman is on the way to becoming the greatest.
White was full of praise for the 19-1 champ – and believes he is en route to becoming the greatest MMA fighter of all time despite some unpopularity surrounding him.
He told MMA Junkie: “I think we can all agree. No matter how you feel, the guy is getting booed in there tonight, (but) he’s one of the best ever.
“He’s on his way to probably being the greatest of all time.
“I mean, the guy is an absolute stud. He looks better every time he comes out.”
Usman won nine of his first 12 UFC fights on points and came in for criticism for failing to wow the fans with spectacular knockouts.
He beat Emil Meek ‘at 30 per cent’ in 2018, claimed the lightweight belt the following year against Tyron Woodley and stopped Colby Covington 50 seconds before the final bell.
However, he took his performances to another level on Saturday with his sensational stoppage of Masvidal early in the second.
Fans lauded the finish as ‘the deadliest knockout’ and ‘out of this world’.
White was quick to shut down anyone still claiming Usman does not bring entertainment value.
He added: “These people talk about him being boring.
“You’re an idiot. You’re an idiot if you think this guy is boring. He hasn’t been in a boring fight in a while.
“He’s been a different human being ever since the (Rafael dos Anjos) fight.”
A fired-up Usman added: “Y’all said you wanted violence? You’re welcome!
“I told everybody I’m still getting better. I’m still getting better! You know, the sky is the limit for me as long as I’m doing this.”
Usman’s UFC 261 win was his fourth successful defence of his world title but and 14th UFC victory in a row, just two short of Anderson Silva’s record.
And in March, he was named second in the pound-for-pound UFC rankings, only behind Jon Jones in top spot.