Kamaru Usman Tells His Haters To Kill Themselves In Angry Rant

Kamaru UsmanUFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman recently posted an angry rant on social media, in which, he called for his haters to commit suicide. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ claims that a select number of people are viewing his Snapchat story with the sole purpose of hating on him. “Whomever you are watching my story, please just choke […]

Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman recently posted an angry rant on social media, in which, he called for his haters to commit suicide.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ claims that a select number of people are viewing his Snapchat story with the sole purpose of hating on him.

“Whomever you are watching my story, please just choke yourself. 2022 started and your life is centred around others,” Usman wrote in the story. “Better yet, kill yourself. Having fun watching my life and not yours. I love my fans even those that yet because you truly only wish you could be me.”

Kamaru Usman Later Clarified His Comments

A somewhat remorseful Usman later clarified that his comments were directed at one or two particular people in a Snapchat story, he said.

“Let me clear this up, I know that was tough. It was 4am in the morning, I was a little slizzered and obviously, I typed that the wrong way.

“Let me rephrase this for that hater, you know who you are, that particular hater there’s one of you or maybe two of you that keeps watching my story so you can have something to hate on.

“Choke yourself, it’s me saying it now, choke yourself. For the rest of my fans, my real fans I love and appreciate you guys, I always have and always will.” (Transcribed by Mirror Fighting)

Usman was the consensus Fighter of the Year for 2021 after successfully defending his 170lb strap on three separate occasions. The 34-year-old knocked out Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal in back-to-back fights before eking out a decision win over Colby Covington later in the year.

It’s currently unclear what’s next for Usman. Leon Edwards appears to be next in line for a shot at the title, but the champ seems uninterested in that fight. Usman has expressed his desire to cross over into boxing for a fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but that bout appears to be unlikely to take place in the near future.

What do you make of Kamaru Usman’s rant at his haters?

Kamaru Usman Tells His Haters To Kill Themselves In Angry Rant

Kamaru UsmanUFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman recently posted an angry rant on social media, in which, he called for his haters to commit suicide. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ claims that a select number of people are viewing his Snapchat story with the sole purpose of hating on him. “Whomever you are watching my story, please just choke […]

Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman recently posted an angry rant on social media, in which, he called for his haters to commit suicide.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ claims that a select number of people are viewing his Snapchat story with the sole purpose of hating on him.

“Whomever you are watching my story, please just choke yourself. 2022 started and your life is centred around others,” Usman wrote in the story. “Better yet, kill yourself. Having fun watching my life and not yours. I love my fans even those that yet because you truly only wish you could be me.”

Kamaru Usman Later Clarified His Comments

A somewhat remorseful Usman later clarified that his comments were directed at one or two particular people in a Snapchat story, he said.

“Let me clear this up, I know that was tough. It was 4am in the morning, I was a little slizzered and obviously, I typed that the wrong way.

“Let me rephrase this for that hater, you know who you are, that particular hater there’s one of you or maybe two of you that keeps watching my story so you can have something to hate on.

“Choke yourself, it’s me saying it now, choke yourself. For the rest of my fans, my real fans I love and appreciate you guys, I always have and always will.” (Transcribed by Mirror Fighting)

Usman was the consensus Fighter of the Year for 2021 after successfully defending his 170lb strap on three separate occasions. The 34-year-old knocked out Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal in back-to-back fights before eking out a decision win over Colby Covington later in the year.

It’s currently unclear what’s next for Usman. Leon Edwards appears to be next in line for a shot at the title, but the champ seems uninterested in that fight. Usman has expressed his desire to cross over into boxing for a fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but that bout appears to be unlikely to take place in the near future.

What do you make of Kamaru Usman’s rant at his haters?

Charles Oliveira Open To Volkanovski, Usman Title Fights

Charles OliveiraUFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira wants to cement himself as an all-time great with a potential run at ‘champ-champ’ status in MMA. Oliveira most recently defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 via third-round submission, in what many felt was the true lightweight title matchup after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired. After a rocky start to his UFC […]

Charles Oliveira

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira wants to cement himself as an all-time great with a potential run at ‘champ-champ’ status in MMA.

Oliveira most recently defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 via third-round submission, in what many felt was the true lightweight title matchup after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired. After a rocky start to his UFC career, he’s managed a dramatic turnaround and is widely regarded as one of the best fighters on the planet.

Oliveira began his career at featherweight, falling short against top names such as Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. A series of weight-cutting issues forced the Brazilian to move up to lightweight, and it has paid off in a big way.

Many, including Oliveira himself, have speculated what could be next for the UFC champion. Justin Gaethje is the clear No. 1 contender at lightweight, but a Conor McGregor money fight is also apparently on the table.

But during a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Oliveira pointed to the possibility of pursuing multiple world titles, including fights with Alexander Volkanovski and Kamaru Usman.

Charles Oliveira Hints At Double Champion Pursuit

“I really thought I couldn’t drop to 145 anymore,” Oliveira said, “But this last weight cut, I was really [close to] 155 before the fight with this work we’ve been doing, with lots of water in the body, and we believe we could easily make 145.

“If I had the opportunity to go straight for the 145 belt, I’d move down to fight. Also, if I had the opportunity to go straight for the 170 belt, I’d also move up to fight, but I believe it’s more viable to [drop down] to 145 instead of going to 170 at this moment.”

Both Usman and Volkanovski are awaiting their next title challengers in 2022. Volkanovski was supposed to fight Holloway in a trilogy before an injury canceled the bout, and is targeting a potential fight with Chan Sung Jung at UFC 272. Usman is fresh off his rematch win over Colby Covington.

Oliveira has bigger ambitions than solely the lightweight title, and he has the potential to add to his accolades in 2022.

Who should Charles Oliveira face next?

Alexander Gustafsson Talks Up Khamzat Chimaev: ‘I Think He’d Put Kamaru Usman To Sleep’

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson thinks his teammate and countryman, Khamzat Chimaev, has a good chance of dethroning the UFC welterweight champion in spectacular fashion. Chimaev burst onto the scene in the summer of 2020 and has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC. ‘The Wolf’ has racked up four straight wins without taking […]

Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson thinks his teammate and countryman, Khamzat Chimaev, has a good chance of dethroning the UFC welterweight champion in spectacular fashion.

Chimaev burst onto the scene in the summer of 2020 and has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC. ‘The Wolf’ has racked up four straight wins without taking any damage at all. Chimaev seems set for a big 2022 and is being lined up for a fight with former title challenger, Gilbert Burns, in April.

Alexander Gustafsson Doesn’t Think Kamaru Usman Could Take Khamzat Chiamev’s Power

A win in that fight would almost certainly mean Chimaev is next in line for a shot a Kamaru Usman, who has been a dominant 170lb champion for some time now.

Gustafsson, a three-time light-heavyweight title challenger, is a fan of Usman and respects him very much but just doesn’t think he’ll be able to hang with Chimaev.

“I think he’d [Khamzat Chimaev] put Kamaru Usman to sleep honestly,” Gustafsson told ESPN. “I think if he just touches his chin, it’s a big chance that Kamaru, Kamaru Usman goes to sleep. I like Kamaru Usman, he’s a great champ and he’s just been breaking records and like you know, it’s a pleasure to see him fight because he’s a very good technical, you know I love his jab and his wrestling and you can see that he’s on top, Kamaru Usman. But I just can’t see him take Khamzat’s punches.”  (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

Gustafsson announced his retirement from MMA in the immediate aftermath of his loss to Anthony Smith in 2019. One year later, he was back in the Octagon this time at heavyweight against Fabricio Werdum, who quickly submitted him. The Swedish fight legend hasn’t competed since but confirmed in the below interview that he is looking to fight in 2022.

Do you agree with Alexander Gustafsson? Is Khamzat Chimaev the man to dethrone Kamaru Usman?

Nigerian MMA Promotion Influenced By Kamaru Usman to Hold Event In Lagos

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman is doing his part to help the rise of MMA in his native Africa.

Kamaru Usman is arguably the most well-rounded fighter in the UFC at this time. He tops the UFC’s Pound-For-Pound list and has not lost a fight …

Kamaru Usman

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman is doing his part to help the rise of MMA in his native Africa.

Kamaru Usman is arguably the most well-rounded fighter in the UFC at this time. He tops the UFC’s Pound-For-Pound list and has not lost a fight in eight years. Not only is he the total package inside the Octagon, but he is also a great advocate for the sport outside the Octagon. Since becoming UFC champion, Usman has been pushing for a surge of MMA in his native Africa. Now, he has inspired a new MMA promotion to be held in Lagos.

According to The Cable, 54, a new mixed martial arts promotion, will be holding it’s first event. Usman will be involved in this event and has even begun promoting it on his social media.

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This event is being billed as the first of a series of “Premiere MMA” events. This event will feature five fighters from Nigeria and five athletes from other parts of Africa.

“54 announces the first-ever face-off fight night in Africa’s most-populated city, Lagos as it brings mixed martial art fighters to slug it out in a bid to leave an impeccable MMA imprint in Nigeria and by extension, the African continent,” a press release stated.

Usman and his other fellow African champions, Francis Ngannou, and Israel Adesanya have been campaigning hard for the growth of the sport within Africa as a whole. They have all been pushing to start promotions like this one, help with training, and give other resources to the people of Africa. Usman and Ngannou have also been pushing for the UFC to hold an event there in the future.

The first “54” event will take place at 8 pm at the Lagos Continental Hotel on January 7, 2022. There is no information on how to watch the event at this time.

What do you think of Kamaru Usman helping start this promotion in Nigeria?

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Recognizing The Difference Between GOAT & BOAT

No matter the year, there is one thing you can be sure will never change: there will continue to be the never-ending debates about who is the greatest of all time (GOAT). This year, however, I say we finally add an extra dimension to these debates tha…

Jon Jones, Khabib Nurmagomedov

No matter the year, there is one thing you can be sure will never change: there will continue to be the never-ending debates about who is the greatest of all time (GOAT). This year, however, I say we finally add an extra dimension to these debates that is long overdue: adding the term “BOAT” to the official sports lexicon.

There is a difference between being the greatest and being the best. Being the greatest is based primarily on accomplishments and résumé. Think of this as having the strongest and most accomplished career.

Being the best is based primarily on skill level. Think of this as having the most talent and being the most dominant.

Naturally, there is some overlap between the two, which is where most of the confusion lies when there are GOAT debates with varying criteria.

Being considered the best is something that is backed by the eye test, and then the accomplishments and résumé help prove that the talent level is as high as your eyes thought.

Being the greatest is like the number of trophies you have in your closet and the number of heads you have mounted on your wall. It’s based more on what you did than how you did it. But there is still naturally some skill and domination that played a factor in that. The biggest difference is being the best can be judged in a shorter period of time while being the greatest is almost always reserved for those with a very wide body of work.

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In football, you could argue that Emmitt Smith or Walter Payton is the GOAT at running back based on the records they set and their Super Bowl victories. However, the title of “BOAT” might be reserved for a Jim Brown or Barry Sanders, who ran with a form that set them apart from the pack, even if they lack the championships that a typical “GOAT” would have.

In basketball, one might argue that Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the greatest center who ever lived, with six NBA titles, six MVPs, and two Finals MVPs to support that claim. But in terms of the best? Give me the 1999-2000 Shaquille O’Neal every time. Because no one was more dominant.

In MMA, we’ve seen a couple of glaring examples of people having debates without realizing that they were arguing two completely different things.

Let’s take Jon Jones vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, for instance. The following graphic best summarizes the difference between GOAT vs. BOAT (graphic via ESPN MMA).

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Here, Brett Okamoto is arguing for Khabib as the BOAT while Marc Raimondi is arguing for Jon Jones as the GOAT. The clash comes when the opposing sides feel they are limited to one term of “GOAT.” What results are impossible debates about different topics unbeknownst to the participants. We’ll have more on the Khabib vs. Jones debate a bit later on.

BOAT Sightings

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While we still have a ways to go before BOAT is officially added to the sports/MMA lexicon, there have been some “BOAT” sightings that have happened over the past year.

Alexander Volkov Cites Evolution

Below, Alexander Volkov essentially argues that Fedor Emelianenko is the heavyweight GOAT while Francis Ngannou is the heavyweight BOAT.

“Right now, it’s the UFC Champion Ngannou, most likely,” Volkov told RT Sport MMA in response to who is the greatest heavyweight of all time. “Depends on the particular era of MMA. Of course, in terms of achievements, Fedor is one of the greatest, a legendary fighter who was undefeated for many years, had spectacular fights, came back from different bad situations in his fights, beat them all in his time.

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“But now, there’s a new generation with new skills, new physical conditions, new techniques. And it’s unclear if the fighters of the past generation would do well against the elite fighters of the present. So before we talk about the greatest heavyweight of all time, we need to define what it really means. For me, there’s no such thing. There’s just the best fighter at the moment. Now, it’s the UFC champion, in my opinion.”

Chael P. Sonnen Weighs In

Next, here’s Chael Sonnen giving his own breakdown of how the line between the best and the greatest often gets warped into a haze.

“Khabib is the most dominant. I can prove that,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “That’s not my opinion. I can prove to you that Khabib is the most dominant. I think that is a wonderful compliment to give a guy. You were the best fighter of all time. Hard to prove. Big compliment, hard to prove. Dominance is hard…Guys, Khabib has won more 10-8 rounds in his career than anybody in the history of unarmed combat. I’m including boxing. What an incredible statement. Then, OK, who’s the greatest of all time?

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov

“…Khabib does have one thing against him. It’s only one. It’s only one. But it’s still against him, and it’s gonna grow over time. Now that we’re still in the Khabib era, we’ve all seen him fight, we all miss him and want to see him fight again…over time, we’re gonna forget that. We’re gonna forget how we feel right now. We’re gonna see new talent in there. So we’re now left with paper.

“And this even happens now, I mean, Jordan vs. LeBron. You talk about Jordan had six rings and LeBron had none—at one point—but this was the argument. And you could see—many people said, ‘No, LeBron’s better. I don’t give a damn if he has the rings or not. He’s gonna get ’em and he’s better.”

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And what kind of guy is Tony Ferguson? Tony Ferguson is the kind of guy to hop on board the BOAT movement before it was cool. Be more like Tony Ferguson.

Recent MMA Examples of GOAT vs. BOAT

Jon Jones vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

The two most frequent examples of GOAT vs. BOAT debates this past year were the Jon Jones/Khabib GOAT debate and the Georges St-Pierre/Kamaru Usman welterweight GOAT debate. For Jones’ part, he was offended that he was even being compared to the Dagestani in terms of their overall careers (graphic via ESPN MMA).

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Here, Jones is solely arguing about greatness in terms of accomplishments. This quote and argument do not address actual talent and dominance over competition.

Now Jones did go on to say that Khabib had just started fighting elite competition, so his dominance is overstated. However, for one thing, “elite” is subjective. You could argue that Rafael dos Anjos was elite already at the time Khabib faced him in 2014. He just didn’t look like it because…you know, Khabib.

Second, if what Khabib did was easy, more people would be dominating “non-elite” competition the way Khabib did. Or maybe….just maybe…he’s just insanely good.

But the frustration Jones is experiencing in this quote below and that a Twitter user had in this tweet is a classic case of what happens when you are in debates about two different things: greatness in terms of accomplishments (GOAT) vs. being superior to everyone else purely in terms of talent (BOAT).

Georges St-Pierre vs. Kamaru Usman

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First off, the date in which this viral graphic was created is unclear, as Usman’s unique opponents as champion is currently 3, not 1. Although this discrepancy calls the rest of these numbers into question, that’s not what I want to point out.

This is a classic example of the “lying with statistics” maneuver, and/or the cherry-picking fallacy. Because there’s no logical reason to have stats this in-depth but somehow neglect to mention UFC win/loss record, which at the very least is equally as important as anything else here.

And even aside from posts like these, the most common argument for GSP as the welterweight GOAT is that he had more title defenses. That’s where the majority of the pro-GSP GOAT arguments begins and ends. This argument completely ignores Usman’s longer, harder road to the title through no fault of his own.

Other things to be considered in Usman’s favor is his record for longest welterweight winning streak, having the highest winning percentage out of any fighter who has ever competed in the UFC, and the fact that he has never lost in the UFC while GSP lost twice, including to Matt Serra, and had an extremely hard time against Johnny Hendricks in a win closer than any of Usman’s wins.

Usman’s opponents were considered tougher at the time of the fights. Just compare Usman’s odds history vs. GSP’s odds history to see how experts/the public viewed their level of competition. For the most part, GSP’s level of competition was not as strong, which is something people knock Demetrious Johnson for.

GSP Odds History: https://www.bestfightodds.com/fighters/Georges-St-Pierre-80

Kamaru Usman Odds History: https://www.bestfightodds.com/fighters/Kamaru-Usman-4664

In terms of GOAT vs. BOAT, GSP may very well still have the stronger argument for welterweight GOAT in terms of his overall career, but Usman would make for an easier argument on who is more likely to win any fight and is thus better.

At minimum, that is of equal value to being the GOAT. For instance, you can’t win money on someone’s overall career achievements. But you can win money when correctly judging who will be the better fighter on a given night. Usman has proven to be more reliable on that regard not only in terms of wins/losses but in terms of rounds.

To paraphrase Brett Okamoto in the earlier graphic, if my life is on the line and I’m picking who to bet on, I’m betting on the dude with the longest winning streak, the highest winning percentage in company history, and who in my opinion, the eye test shows is the more difficult fighter to beat overall. And none of those conclusions on Usman are being made with a small sample size. The man is setting records that can only be broken with amazing consistency.

Conclusion

In closing, there is a difference between being the best of all time (BOAT) and being the greatest of all time (GOAT). Let’s start firing up the scholarly articles, talk-show debates, or whatever is needed to get the term “BOAT” officially accepted into the sports lexicon! And come on, the boat emojis would be lit, too! ?? 

Not recognizing the difference between GOAT and BOAT is a big reason why so many people grow frustrated when having these debates because they and their opponent are literally debating two different things without realizing it. Would differentiating these terms suddenly make these subjective debates more clear-cut and definitive? Of course not. But it sure would make the impossible a little bit easier and the goal post much clearer.

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