Kamaru Usman is FanSided MMA’s Male Fighter of the Year

Kamaru Usman is FanSided MMA’s Male Fighter of the Year.

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman finished 2021 atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings and is the 2021 FanSided MMA Male Fighter of the Year.

Usman had always been considered to be a dangerous force in the UFC’s welterweight division, but further built on his reputation as he became champion. Since first earning the belt over Tyron Woodley in 2019, he’s continued to improve and further develop his elite skill set.

After dismantling Jorge Masvidal by decision in his lone fight in 2020, Usman took his game to the next level in 2021. He began the year by viciously finishing his former teammate, Gilbert Burns, at UFC 258. The UFC would then book a rematch with Masvidal on the promotion’s return to crowds at UFC 261.

Some believed Usman’s win over Masvidal was a bit of a fluke, but he silenced the critics by sending Masvidal collapsing to the canvas and spit particles flying from his mouth.

The performance showed that Usman had made tremendous gains with his striking. In his highly-anticipated rematch against Colby Covington at UFC 268, he would earn another gritty decision win.

Kamaru Usman defeated Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal, and Colby Covington in 2021

With Jon Jones sidelined, and Khabib Nurmagomedov further committing to his retirement, Usman cemented himself as the most dominant fighter in the UFC. Usman’s trio of wins in 2021 not only gave him the title of the UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighter but also added to the welterweight GOAT debate between himself and Georges St-Pierre.

Usman’s star power continues to rise as he continues to find new ways to overwhelm the opposition. The scary part is, he still appears to just be getting started with his welterweight reign.

The annual FanSided MMA Awards are voted on by the FanSided MMA team each year. Please stay tuned for more awards announced throughout the day.

Published at Mon, 10 Jan 2022 18:52:51 +0000

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