Bisping: Calling Usman The Greatest At 170 Discredits Georges St-Pierre

Michael Bisping believes that as great as Kamaru Usman has been during his flawless UFC run, there needs to be some brakes pumped by those who believe he has already surpassed Georges St-Pierre. Kamaru Usman is riding high after stomping out Gilbert Bu…

Michael Bisping believes that as great as Kamaru Usman has been during his flawless UFC run, there needs to be some brakes pumped by those who believe he has already surpassed Georges St-Pierre. Kamaru Usman is riding high after stomping out Gilbert Burns’s hopes of dethroning him at UFC 258, and he immediately called for […]

Stephen Thompson Tells Usman ‘You’re Not Quite There Yet’ Amid GSP Comparisons

Stephen ThompsonUFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson is not a fan of people who are comparing current 170lb king Kamaru Usman to one the greatest fighters of all time in Georges St-Pierre. Usman spectacularly defended his welterweight strap for the third time against his former teammate, Gilbert Burns, at UFC 258 earlier this month. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ […]

Stephen Thompson

UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson is not a fan of people who are comparing current 170lb king Kamaru Usman to one the greatest fighters of all time in Georges St-Pierre.

Usman spectacularly defended his welterweight strap for the third time against his former teammate, Gilbert Burns, at UFC 258 earlier this month.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was dropped early but recovered well to beat up his opponent in round two and ultimately finish the fight in the third frame.

With this win, Usman continued his perfect record in the UFC. He has won 13 straight fights since joining the promotion and established a new welterweight record in the process – GSP previously held the record with 12 consecutive wins.

The record-breaking exploits of Usman have got MMA fans and pundits talking.

A section are now putting the Nigerian alongside or even above St-Pierre as the best 170lb fighter ever.

Thompson is not one of them and he made that much clear in a recent interview with Submission Radio.

“He is the best at the moment. And people are talking about him being up there with Georges St-Pierre, and I’m like, hold on, put the brakes on for a second,” Thompson said. “Like, you’ve defended it three times, and George St-Pierre I think was like nine or ten or twelve or something like that, he’s defended the title. I’m not really sure, but it was up there. And you’re not quite there yet. Yeah, he’s on the way, but he’s not quite there. That’s just in my eyes.”

‘Wonderboy’ is adamant Usman will have to face him at some point and sent a message to the champion, he said.

“Just let him know that I’m right behind him. To watch out for me. And he even said himself that one of the hardest guys in the division to prepare for is me. I’m gonna give him the hardest fight. But I’m getting better everyday too. Not just with my striking, but with my wrestling, my Jiu Jitsu, and wherever the fight goes I’m gonna be ready for it. And if we fought each other, I’m gonna be the one with my hands raised. So, let’s go, baby!”

Do you agree with Stephen Thompson? Are comparisons between Kamaru Usman and Georges St-Pierre premature?

Stephen Thompson Calls To Face Kamaru Usman: ‘Fight Somebody You Haven’t Fought Yet’

Thompson UsmanStephen Thompson is continuing to campaign for a welterweight title shot against current champion Kamaru Usman. Following Usman’s win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 earlier this month, Thompson took to social media to express his desire to face the champion next. However, Usman would call out Jorge Masvidal for a rematch during his post-fight […]

Thompson Usman

Stephen Thompson is continuing to campaign for a welterweight title shot against current champion Kamaru Usman.

Following Usman’s win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 earlier this month, Thompson took to social media to express his desire to face the champion next.

However, Usman would call out Jorge Masvidal for a rematch during his post-fight interview.

Thompson can understand why Usman did that — especially given Masvidal is a big draw for the promotion now — but when it comes to a sporting perspective, it makes no sense according to the former title challenger.

“For one, his last fight was [against] you, so it just doesn’t make sense to fight him again,” Thompson told MMA Fighting. “He clearly lost. I know it was short notice, but I just think that Kamaru Usman knows. It’s smart for him, he knows he can beat him for a high pay, it’s a big name, there is beef there so it makes sense on his part. As a fan and as a fighter, and as someone who has been at the top of the game and trying to get title fights, it doesn’t make sense for that to happen.

“Fight somebody you haven’t fought yet. You beat pretty much everybody except me in the top-five. That’s it. Of course, you’ve got Michael Chiesa who is No. 6, he hasn’t fought Michael Chiesa either. But keep on going down the line. You beat everyone up here, who’s next? It’s this guy.

“C’mon Usman! C’mon, man. Fight somebody you haven’t fought yet.”

Thompson certainly warrants a shot at the title again.

He last competed for the strap in 2017 but would suffer a majority decision defeat to Tyron Woodley. “Wonderboy” underwent some setbacks since but is currently on a two-fight winning streak following impressive victories over Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal.

And should he get a shot at Usman — in what he calls a “fun fight” — winning welterweight gold would mean more to him today than if he did it a couple of years ago against Woodley.

“It would mean more than anything, and I don’t mean just for me,” Thompson added. “[It would be for] everybody that helped get me here; my coaches, especially my dad. My dad has been with me since day one and he talks about that title every day, as if he’s the one fighting for it. I think, in some ways, he’s trying to live through me a little bit. He knows the drive, he knows the hard work, the sacrifices I’ve made to get to where I’m at and he made those as well.

“To win that fight, for me, for him, would mean the world. Going through the injuries, the adversity, working my way back up from the last fight with Woodley, going down to No. 9, it’s been hard work, a long road for sure. Winning it this year, getting that title belt would mean the world to me. It would be amazing.”

Do you think Thompson deserves the next shot?

Usman: If Khabib & Jones Are Out Indefinitely, I Deserve To Be #1 P4P

Kamaru Usman moved up in last week’s UFC rankings, but he still feels he is not receiving the appropriate amount of respect given his track record in the promotion. Heading into UFC 258, Kamaru Usman was ranked #5 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings …

Kamaru Usman moved up in last week’s UFC rankings, but he still feels he is not receiving the appropriate amount of respect given his track record in the promotion. Heading into UFC 258, Kamaru Usman was ranked #5 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings behind Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, and Stipe Miocic. After he […]

Tyron Woodley Names The ‘Toughest Opponent’ He’s Fought

Tyron WoodleyFormer UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, has faced a who’s who of the 170lb elite. He has fought the likes of Karmaru Usman, Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns. However, it is not one of these fighters, nor any of the current ranked UFC welterweights that proved to be Wooodley’s toughest opposition. In a recent interview […]

Tyron Woodley

Former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, has faced a who’s who of the 170lb elite. He has fought the likes of Karmaru Usman, Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns. However, it is not one of these fighters, nor any of the current ranked UFC welterweights that proved to be Wooodley’s toughest opposition.

In a recent interview with Helen Yee Sports, Woodley discussed who his toughest opponent was, with the answer being a rather surprising one. ‘The Chosen One’ had the following to say:

The toughest opponent I’ve ever fought was a dude named Nathan Coy. He was actually a teammate of mine at American Top Team. The other guys I fought, I just did not perform, or I backed up too much. Or Marquardt, I was relaxed for one second too long on the cage and he threw me the elbow buffet” (transcribed by Essentially Sports)

“But Nathan Coy, I was there. And I was a 100% and I was going hard and he was going hard. And I threw up so bad after this fight. I was like oh my god it was so hard…. And it was such a close fight, and I barely won it, but I was fighting as hard as I could and he was fighting as hard as he could. And he’s the only one that I’ve ever fought at the level that matched me. Anyone else I fought at 50% or more, I knocked out or beat or snapped them. When people are beating me, I am not remotely where I am supposed to be at.”

Nathan Coy, who went by the nickname ‘Soulforce,’ fought Woodley in 2010. Woodley was able to win via a split decision. Since then, Coy went on to fight in both Bellator and the UFC. He has not fought since 2017 and holds a record of 15-7. Alternatively, Woodley is currently on the worst run of form that he has ever experienced. Back to back losses against Usman, Covington and Burns have seen his stock drop rapidly. However, he currently has a fight booked against Vincente Luque, where he will attempt to get his career back on track.

What are your thoughts on the intriguing statement by Tyron Woodley? Let us know in the comments.

Burns: Masvidal Shouldn’t Use Six Days’ Notice Excuse Or Get Title Shot

Gilbert Burns does not believe Jorge Masvidal should be in the title picture and that the six days’ notice he had prior to UFC 251 is irrelevant.  Reports of a potential rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal have remained strong after U…

Gilbert Burns does not believe Jorge Masvidal should be in the title picture and that the six days’ notice he had prior to UFC 251 is irrelevant.  Reports of a potential rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal have remained strong after Usman’s post-fight callout of Masvidal at UFC 258. Usman’s opponent at the event, […]