The former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is stuck in a downward spiral; he is on a daunting 3 match losing streak. Usman failed to secure significant moments of dominance in his fight against Khamzat Chimaev, due to which Chimaev won the match by majority decision.
It takes a strong level of courage to accept a fight on 10 days notice – especially against an opponent like Khamzat Chimaev. Usman efforts were applaud-worthy; however, he needs to break the losing streak and get back on the winning page.
Perhaps Usman could fight Stephen Thompson next in the welterweight division. With the recent win, Khamzat Chimaev fulfilled his goal of getting a title shot; he will most probably fight Sean Strickland next.
Kamaru Usman on the bitter loss
During the post-fight ESPN show, Kamaru Usman shared his thoughts on losing against Khamzat Chimaev.
“You drop two razor-thin ones to Leon (Edwards) and it’s been a while,” Usman said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “You go years without losing, for a long, long time, by all the hard work. Then, you drop two close ones like that.
You start to kind of question things and start to doubt yourself a little bit. You almost forget what it feels like. If anything I can say I’d take away from tonight, it’s that I need to trust myself more, trust my coaches, and we’ll be back".
Usman further said: “I think coming off the couch in 10 days and fighting a young, hungry bull like that, who’s big and strong and had a year-and-a-half to really grow into this weight class – and I didn’t.
I didn’t trust my shape. I’m a championship fighter, and you can’t start slow like that. I say give me a couple extra rounds, I think the world knows what that result might be”.