Brandon Li, Vassar College
Though the mixed martial artist has suffered a series of defeats since claiming the championship title, he has still demonstrated a high level of skill that shouldn’t be discounted.
The mixed martial artist seems to be stuck in the rut of a “gatekeeper” fighter — his skills are used as a benchmark to gauge others’, but he is unlikely to be a contender himself.
Though his opponent Jorge Masvidal entered the ring with improved knockout power and endurance, Usman remains unmatched in many areas of fighting skill.
The mixed martial arts champion has received backlash for personal and political attacks on other athletes, but some argue that his statements are excusable as a marketing tactic.
Though success against better fighters is far from certain, the mixed martial artist has demonstrated defensive ability and striking accuracy that makes him a dangerous competitor.
The mixed martial arts champion received criticism for celebrating a victory he got by luck and initially rejected, but his actions do not nullify his undeniable accomplishment.
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