about kamaru usman
'Rome wasn't built in a day'
I didn't just arrive at this moment, I've spent over decades preparing for this.
First African-born, Nigerian Champion in UFC History
Kamarudeen "Kamaru" Usman (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler, and folkstyle graduate. He is the first African-born Nigerian to hold the UFC Welterweight title in the organization's history. Usman was also the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament. He is currently ranked #1 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings as of September 27, 2021.
Usman was a member of the 2010 US University World Team and wrestled predominantly at 84 kg. Collegiately, he competed at 174 pounds, and was the 2010 NCAA Division II National champion, a three–time NCAA DII All-American and a NAIA National Qualifier.
On December 19, 2015, Usman made his official UFC debut against future contender Leon Edwards at UFC on Fox 17. He was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Usman fought Alexander Yakovlev in his first fight of the year at UFC on Fox 20 on July 23, 2016. After outgrappling Yakovlev, he won the one-sided fight by unanimous decision. On November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100, Usman fought Warlley Alves, the winner of the TUF: Brazil 3 tournament. For the third time in a row, he won the match by unanimous decision.