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Kamaru Usman is the best mixed military game in the world.
And they want the hardware to match what they are saying.
Former UFC welterweight champion and pound fighter number 1, Usman is one of four mixed martial arts nominees to be named the Best MMA Fighter at the 2022 ESPYS.
“I never thought I would be nominated for such a big prize,” said Usman, who is running against Alexander Volkanovski, Kayla Harrison and Charles Oliveira for the prize. “I am also very competitive. No matter what it is, I want to succeed. I hope I get the votes to win. “
The award would have recognized Usman’s performance in 2021, the year he successfully defended the welterweight title three times against Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington.
Two of the three victories came in the final. Usman (20-1) defeated Burns and TKO at UFC 258, beating the famous Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist and shooter. Although Khamzat Chimaev is making hype and wanting to be the one to remove Usman from office, it is important to remember that Usman finished the Burns — yet Chimaev did not.
Usman’s next victory was Masvidal at UFC 261, which ended in a fine knockout. Usman sent Masvidal to another area with his right hand, and then calmed his raging enemy.
Usman states: “I beat her with all my fists, with all her wrongs, with all the bad words she said. “I called for the fight, and the stars agreed when it happened. I was able to make myself better.”
Usman’s most recent fight was the title of UFC 268 last November, ending with him banning Covington, a controversial statement in the game.
“I would have had to be more orderly when I hit him in our first battle [at UFC 245], ”Says Usman. “That was not my way. The world wanted to see me fight and break my jaw because of anyone who had wronged him. “
Opponents of Eternity, their repetition sold the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. It did not happen, for Usman had broken a bone in his right arm a few weeks before the war.
“This happened while I was being trained and I hit Justin Gaethje, who has a very bad headache,” says Usman. “I would ask for a delay, but that was not possible for me. That war was not a personal one. I was fighting for my fans. I was fighting for my family. ”
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Usman won one election, removing Covington from the title race.
“I believe I am the best in the world, so I had to go there to find a successful way,” Usman said. “That’s what experts do.”
Usman’s next battle is taking place this August against Leon Edwards at UFC 278. It will feature their second fight, with Usman winning the first and one election in 2015. He plans to accumulate another victory, then move on to heavyweight classes and win a second world title. by adding a light heavy head to his legacy.
The news of Usman’s move to light heavyweight has attracted the attention of reigning champion Jiri Prochazka, with Usman just looking back at UFC 276 with former veteran Jan Blachowicz.
“Jiri, Jan, are great, game models,” says Usman. “He’s an amazing runner, that’s why he did well. But I’m fine. Maybe he feels he is not respected by this, but there are limits to this.
There is a strong possibility that one of these fights will take place in 2023. An unlikely battle is one in which Usman fights Georges St-Pierre. The two-time welterweight champion and midfielder-St-Pierre set the standard that welterweights try to achieve.
St-Pierre fought his last fight in 2017, and has repeatedly stated that he is free to retire – but recently shared his strategies on how to fight Usman. He said that he would “try to put her on her back because I have never seen her,” which, to the surprise of all, was a comment that caught Usman’s attention.
“I’d love to see him try,” Usman says. “I only asked for one war. I love Georges as a hero and what he did in the game, and I love to challenge myself. I asked him, but that was a mountain that Georges did not want to climb.
“And when they tell me they’ve had their backs turned on, I blame myself for saying things like that, too. When I see a fight I say, ‘Why didn’t he do it? Why not do that? ‘ It’s very difficult to do that when you enter the barn. “
There is a lot you can do to achieve Usman’s future, but the most important thing right now is to train Edwards. And, of course, go home to ESPY.
Usman states: “I spent nine of those 12 months last year in a concentration camp, and I participated in three humorous fights. “I have resigned, and I am happy to have been selected. I hope I can win that award.”
Yair Rodriguez wants header Alexander Volkanovski – but first, he needs to beat Brian Ortega
Yair Rodríguez ‘memorable performance in the barn took place at the time of his defeat. He plans to change that Saturday.
Rodríguez (13-3, 1 NC) scores the UFC title on an ABC card against talented Brian Ortega. Following a very successful Max Holloway scandal last November that ended when they lost together, Rodriguez needed a win against Ortega to prove himself as featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Rodriguez states: “I want to win as much as I can. “I’m looking for KO or TKO, but Brian Ortega is a very dangerous enemy. I’ll win as much as I can.”
Like Rodriguez, Ortega (15-2, 1 NC) is also losing. He failed to do very well against Volkanovski last September at UFC 266. The only downside of Ortega’s record came in his two headlines, and he is entering this competition as a favorite. His great list of essays is the most likely way to succeed.
Rodriguez said: “He is very angry with what he has given.” In order to do that, he has to stay away.
“It would be nice if he came ready to fight and stand with me. His hits are pretty good, and I care about everything with him. I don’t think I’m that easy, though. We’ll see who’s better.”
Rodriguez, 29, has only five times tripled his career, sharing that he enjoys that time. This five-round battle is an opportunity to show that he is in the head image.
“I like to fight five fights,” says Rodriguez. “I think I’m a five-time fighter. I love the future rounds. That’s when anything can happen. I’m ready.
“I push myself to do what I can. I get tired every time I am trained. This camp is no different. Now all I have to do is wait until I fight and see what I can do. We are all failing, so we are all hungry for this victory. “
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