UFC 261 final fight stats: Kamaru Usman’s numbers among active welterweights are stunning

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261
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Kamaru Usman’s winning streak moved to 14 on Saturday at UFC 261 when he scored a phenomenal second-round knockout win over Jorge Masvidal. The stoppage, which earned Usman a “Performance of the Night” bonus, was the fourth successful defense of his welterweight crown. Three of Usman’s four title defenses have ended via knockout.

Usman has had his name mentioned as perhaps the greatest welterweight in UFC history. While the current 170-pound champion didn’t make that declaration himself, he said among active fighters he considers himself to be at the top of the heap.

“I just need to continue to do what I do and that’s dominate every individual,: Usman said at the UFC 261 post-fight press conference. “That’s my last three opponents and I’ve finished all three of them. I don’t worry about that. I take it a fight at a time.

“If people want to consider me the best, then they can. But as of right now, I do believe that right now I’m pound-for-pound, I am the best fighter on the planet.”

As for those active fighters, Usman has put his name on eight UFC welterweight records.

Kamaru Usman’s welterweight records - Active fighters

Stat Numbers
Stat Numbers
Win Streak 14
Title Fight Wins 5
Control Time 1:56:56
Control Time % 52%
Top Position % 34.30%
Bottom Position Time 0:00
Bottom Position % 0
Takedown Defense 100%

Usman’s win over Masvidal also put him within striking distance of the record for longest winning streak in UFC history. Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva holds that spot with 16 straight wins. Usman won his 14th consecutive fight with his victory over Masvidal.

Below are the final fight stats from the matchup between Usman and Masvidal, which served as the main event of UFC 261.

UFC 261 took place Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 261 Final fight stats: Usman vs. Masvidal

Stats Kamaru Usman Jorge Masvidal
Stats Kamaru Usman Jorge Masvidal
Knockdowns 1 0
Sig. Strikes Landed 21 31
Total Strikes Landed 32 56
Sig. Strike Landing Percentage 52 59
Takedowns Landed 2 0
Submission Attempts 0 0
Sig Strikes Landed Head 15 13
Sig Strikes Landed Body 5 3
Sig Strikes Landed Leg 1 15
Sig Strikes Landed Distance 12 27
Sig Strikes Landed Clinch 0 0
Sig Strikes Landed Ground 9 4
Control Time 1:42 0:00

Comments

Jorge was robbed

He clearly outlanded him! You know what they say. Never leave it in the hands of your nervous system

Usman is nice

Don’t think prime GSP could make the final bell against him.

Wow

Really interested how you see that fight playing out. Because when I imagine that, I see GSP completely neutralizing his takedown offense, pressuring and getting him to move backwards, and being the first person to get a takedown against the cage before breaking him down on the ground.

GSP was a master technician and strategist. I would love to see them compete against each other in their primes, and think Usman is a phenomenal and underappreciated fighter, but GSP solved puzzles and I’d wager on him in that fantasy matchup.

I love GSP and I know you did not ask me, but I think he would lost a fairly straightforward wrestling decision

Usman is bigger, stronger, and I think MMA wrestling and grappling were a lot more primitive during GSP’s heyday than they are now. It is a young sport after all, which means the evolution will be drastic. I think we have gone through two to three wrestling meta changes since GSP’s run on top. I am not sure how well some of GSP’s favourite wrestling techniques like the blast double, open-space TDs, relatively inert clinch, etc would work against Usman. I see their potential fight being a wrestling fight and I see Usman winning 5-0 or 4-1 there

It was an open question and I appreciate your take <img src="//fonts.voxmedia.com/emoji/unicode/1f60a.png" alt=":blush:" class="emoji">

I don’t see GSP attempting open-space TDs against Usman. He would look to control the range and neutralize his offense through jabs, safe kicks, and feints, getting him against the cage to eliminate the power threat and begin the grind.

If Usman started to see success with some of the tactics you laid out, the other strength of GSP was his ability to adjust, and I think this would be a big factor here.

Lastly, to your point about the evolution of the sport as a whole, I think I’m considering a prime GSP training in this environment, meaning that he has some of those tools. He certainly demonstrated the ability to absorb information and develop new techniques, being one of the biggest catalysts for that very evolution we have seen.

In the end, it would certainly be a great matchup, closely contested between two legends.

Just plain attribute match up

GSP isn’t a better wrestler than Usman. There’s daylight between them.

GSP has a great jab but Usman has better position boxing. He’s better at placing himself where he needs to be before and after an exchange.

And mostly, engine and power. We’ve seen Usman tired once. We’ve seen GSP ragdolled a few times and outboxed by Big Rig at the height of his powers. Then again by Bisping….the one-eyed pirate. Usman is physically stronger then Bisping, ANY man GSP has ever faced. GSP is about as strong as Woodley but not as powerful.

So GSP won’t have the grind option to save him. He’ll get grinded. And his jab is easy to counter in today’s Post-Floyd/ Conor strike era.

Prime GSP was a different beast.

Great wrestler, very good grappler, good striker, fast, explosive, and able to adapt. Smart. Did it all. It took GSP blowing out his knee and losing a year of his fighting prime and losing his focus for the competition to catch up somewhat.

I would pick a prime GSP. Usman is also a different beast with his physicality, improving striking and good endurance for his size. A very interesting hypothetical match up. Welterweight is still my favorite division for the same reasons when GSP was running the show. Name value, depth and skill.

I think I'd pick Usman

GSP looks good early and can neutralize the wrestling, but doesn’t get enough done before Usman makes the adjustment to jab with him with his more damaging jab, and that opens up Usman’s right hand.

It’s a good one.

Don’t forget that prime GSP was sdropping dudes with head kicks and right hands. GSP became more reliant on his jab in his late twenties but he still essentially ended Koscheks career with it.

GSP was the first to drop Alves and hurt him standing in the UF (Fitch hirt Alves with an upkick from his back), he dropped Fitch multiple times, dropped Shields with a head kick, stunned him with right hands, dropped Hughes standing, and ended some fights on the ground too. Not to mention catching Bisping standing and choking him out.

People tend to remember GSP in his late run when he started fighting safer and was on the downswing following knee surgery. GSP was a force standing when he was younger, throwing multiple strike combinations and mixing it up with wrestling. GSP has always had power in his right hand and has dropped several opponents with it and also put multiple fighters down with head kicks. Many weapons.

It all depends what version of GSP we are talking about. The GSP that fought Hendricks post knee surgery was simply not the same athlete and fighter that he was in his twenties.

He's definitely UFC's pound for pound #1 right now

But people need to slow their roll on him being the GOAT right now. It was only a few months ago they were saying that about Khabib.

Honestly, he's PFP right now because most of the male champions are new

It’s a big jump from the current landscape PFP champ to the GOAT. GSP had Silva to compare himself against. Who does Usman have?

Adesanya would be the closest analog to Silva

…but it’s not very close

It’s really difficult to label Usman the GOAT but he deserves more credit.

14 straight wins and 4 consecutive title defenses, puts him ahead of Woodley and into Matt Hughes territory for the second best WW of all time.

Usman is a good example of a fighter who isn’t an overly popular fan favorite, and it shows with the reluctance of some to give him credit. Welterweight is a deep and talented weight class and to win 14 straight, having 4 straight title defenses is an outstanding accomplishment. Usman has records, 3 finishes in 4 title fights, but people are still saying that it’s about time he is having exciting fights? Okay. 4 straight fights where he has hurt his opponents standing (was one more landed punch from dropping an obviously hurt Woodley).

If you are one of the best all time at welterweight, then you are one of the best all time period.

Leon Edwards

Has got to be the closest to Usman statistically on this.

I know it’s not great casual bait but that’s got to be the best contest to have next.

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