A very important match awaits the UFC welterweight champion in exactly 20 days. Kamaru Usman will defend his UFC welterweight title again on August 20. If he defeats Usman in the match against Leon Edwards, it will be his sixth successful title defense.
Except for the sixth defense of the title, Usman could also record his 16th consecutive victory under the auspices of the UFC, thus tying Anderson Silva's record. If we add that Usman is undefeated in the UFC, and the only defeat in his professional MMA career he suffered back in 2013 in his second appearance, it is clear that this is one of the greatest in history.
The Nigerian is currently the number one fighter on the UFC's "P4P" ranking and thus has the status of the best MMA fighter in the world at the moment. How big his legacy will be one day when he retires from the sport is hard to predict, but UFC president Dana White thinks it's time we start considering Usman one of the greatest in history.
"I still consider Jon Jones [as the greatest]"
“I still consider Jon Jones [as the greatest],” he said at a press conference.
It’s time to start talking about Kamaru Usman. He’s one fight away from tying Anderson Silva. He already beat Jon Jones and GSP [Georges St-Pierre].In his next fight, if he beats Leon Edwards, he ties Anderson Silva.
So yeah, he’s in the discussion”. Georges St-Pierre has recorded 13 consecutive victories under the UFC, and Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway have also recorded as many. As for Jones, he made it difficult for himself.
After losing by disqualification to Matt Hamill in 2009, Jones went on a 13-fight winning streak, followed by a second win against Daniel Cormier. Bones knocked out Cormier in the third round, but later tested positive for doping and the match was changed to a no contest.
Jones recorded four more wins after that, but that no contest stopped his 13-fight winning streak. If we look at the "no contest" as an invalid match, then Jones is on a streak of 17 consecutive victories, but it is difficult to justify someone who tested positive for doping.
In the period from 2006 to 2012, Anderson Silva had a streak of 16 victories, and Leon Edwards will do his best to stop Usman from chasing Spider's streak. Of course, it won't be Edwards' main motivation, but the UFC welterweight championship.