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Usman successfully defended the welterweight championship for the fifth time in his hotly anticipated rematch with Colby Covington.
The 34-year-old UFC star, who stopped Covington at UFC 245 in 2019, picked up a unanimous decision victory over his fierce rival at Madison Square Garden.
Usman extended his professional MMA record to 20-1, but White made a bold claim that he is the “best welterweight of all time” ahead of Georges St-Pierre.
Speaking at his UFC 268 post-fight press conference, the UFC chief said: “This guy is the best ever. He's the best welterweight of all time. He is on his way to possible GOAT status.”
"This guy is the best ever. He's the best welterweight of all time. He is on his way to possible GOAT status."— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) November 7, 2021
Dana White says Kamaru Usman is THE MAN.#UFC268 | Full video: https://t.co/u995GbzkUN pic.twitter.com/tbsrA8lQkL
GSP, who is widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters of all time, holds more consecutive welterweight title defences than Usman.
The 40-year-old Canadian superstar captured his second UFC welterweight title against Matt Serra at UFC 83 in 2008.
St-Pierre went on to defend the title nine consecutive times -- four more than Usman -- during his second reign before he vacated the championship in 2013.
MMA fans flocked to Twitter and slammed White for suggesting that Usman had surpassed GSP as the best welterweight of all time, with one user calling the UFC president “very bitter.”
Look what Usman is doing is remarkable especially with 5 title defences in today’s MMA. But GSP is the greatest Welterweight of all time just look at his resume of who he beat and how he beat them #UFC268 #kamaruusman #GSP #MMA #MMATwitter https://t.co/M0bKP2Ue78— Jason Hagholm (@JHagholm1) November 8, 2021
Dana hates GSP so much I love usman but he is not the WW Goat…maybe he can be in another 10 fights https://t.co/M2AfUgInlB— SUSHIVERSE.ETH (@ThePharaoh20) November 8, 2021
Cringeworthy… GSP is the GOAT https://t.co/UG4oiwOYfP— J₳mes Partington (@Pardosa27) November 8, 2021
Dana"s constant dismissal of Gsp comes across as very bitter. https://t.co/WRoOvycSFj— WengerMMA (@WengerMma) November 8, 2021
GSP is the greatest welterweight of all time https://t.co/a0jFFNdXrQ— Christopher Sadowski (@Chris5625160) November 8, 2021
White admitted that it was “very impressive” to see the quality of opponents who Usman has been facing and admired how he is “fighting everybody.”
He told reporters: “I’m telling you this guy is very special, he’s damn good.
“I think he’s the greatest welterweight ever. He’s obviously the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world right now. He’s one of the guys that we can already start arguing soon about GOAT status.
“And he’s fighting everybody. It’s not like he’s only fought this guy, he didn’t fight -- he’s fought everybody. He’s starting to come back the second time around now and beat guys.
“[…] And look at the competition he’s facing. It’s all really bad dudes. It’s very impressive.”