How can you say he's not? He pretty much has dominated every fight he's been in. He wins almost all the rounds. Not only that, he fights a lot as champ. When is the last time you seen a champ fight three times in the same year? He won the belt and defended 5 times in a 3 year span. I hate him too but I'm not blind.
They're not close friends, even so, money makes enemies. They both have this weird love for a flag even though neither have spent much time under its representation. Usman is an American fighter trained in wrestling from Texas. Adesanya is a New Zealand trained kickboxing fighter from Auckland. They call it some kind of bond black dudes born in Africa raised in better places develop. These guys are as much Nigerian as I am European. Notice neither one have even a slightest hint of an African accent? You would think if they loved that nation so much they would go back and invest in making it a better place, but nahh they will continue to live and spend their money in the US and New Zealand. /rant lol
Chimaev will be his toughest challenge, and probably his next fight. If Edwards beats Masvidal then Chimaev vs Edwards will setup Usamns next opponent (Chimaev vs top 5 regardless of Masvidal fight). I don't expect Usman to fight for a while, he just fought 3 times in '21. Chimaev might fight again before the top 5 (Edwards) fight. I can see them giving him someone like
Ponzinibbio, Muhammad, or a Diaz for the money draw.
Yeah, I couldn't stand him when he was a lay n pray wrestler, but he's knocking dudes out now all the time. He's not boring in the octagon anymore. I barely even notice a personality, so not sure what's not to like.
As for the pound for pound stuff, maybe he will go up and fight Izzy, but not fighting Izzy doesn't mean he's not best lb4lb. Izzy's #3 in the lb4lb rankings and Jan smashed him pretty good, and he's not even a great LHW.