Go ahead, call Kamaru Usman a boring fighter.
The UFC welterweight champion defended his title at UFC 261 on Saturday, defeating Jorge Masvidal for a second time in two years. Unlike his foot stomp-heavy win by decision last year, Usman delivered a stunning KO in the second round.
Usman laid Masvidal out with a hard right after hitting him with a jab, and the fight was soon called.
Here's how broadcasters Jon Anik and Joe Rogan reacted ringside:
Meanwhile, former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who had big money on Masvidal, was less excited.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 25, 2021
Several of Usman's peers were stunned by the dominant display from a fighter who has been knocked in the past for a boring (but effective) style in the Octagon.
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 25, 2021
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 25, 2021
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) April 25, 2021
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) April 25, 2021
There was also some discussion about Usman's place on both the UFC pound-for-pound rankings and the all-time list of welterweights. Usman himself claimed the title of No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in his interview after the bout.
The win improved Usman's career record to 19-1, and extended his UFC win streak to 14. Only Anderson Silva (16 wins) holds a longer win streak in UFC history, per ESPN Stats & Info. His four wins over some quality competition (Masvidal twice, Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns) also had some wondering if he may be challenging Georges St-Pierre as the greatest welterweight ever.
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 25, 2021
— Jack 'Tank' Shore (@jackshoremma) April 25, 2021
Greatest Welterweight of ALL TIME!! Jesus!! That right hand was a missile!! #UFC261
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 25, 2021
— Jesse Ronson (@Ronsoff) April 25, 2021
Usman is the greatest welterweight ever..
There I said it. #UFC261
— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) April 25, 2021
Greatest or not, Usman's win was the exclamation point of one of the most eventful main cards in UFC history. No fight reached the third round, and every single one ended in wild fashion. Unfortunately, that included a brutal leg fracture and bizarre dead leg in the two non-title fights.
That was the wildest card ever.
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) April 25, 2021
— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) April 25, 2021
Aside from Chris Weidman getting hurt this card delivered. Perfect for the UFC fans! #UFC261
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) April 25, 2021
I’m exhausted, the fighters showed out for the crowd. Insane fight card!!! #UFC261
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) April 25, 2021
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