You Cannot Talk About UFC, Without Talking About Kamaru Usman

If you a fan of the ultimate fighting championship the UFC, then the name Kamaru Usman will ring a bell.

The 35 years old Nigeria-American mixed martial artist is the current UFC welterweight champion and has carved a niche for himself in the sport, but beyond the punches and the belt, how much do you know about his journey to fame?

In this post, we bring you up close and personal where about the man popularly called The Nigerian Nightmare.

Kamaru Usman was born in Nigeria to a father who is a major in the Nigerian army and to a mother who is a teacher.

When Usman was eight years old the father took the family to Dallas Texas, Usman started learning wrestling in high school and gained the skills that got him to where he is today.

Usman made his way to UFC by first earning a spot as the ultimate fighter. After fighting his way to the finale Usman faced Haters Hassan and won the bout via submission in the second round. This earned Usman the first performance of the night award.

About Kamaru Usman

 

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Kamaru Usman, a professional wrestler and martial artist from Nigeria, was born on May 11, 1987, in Auchi, Edo state Nigeria.

He now fights in the welterweight division of the competition and formerly held the title of UFC Welterweight Champion.

Usman won the Ultimate Fighter 21 competition as well. As of August 8, 2022, he is currently ranked top among men in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

Early Life & Education

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On May 11, 1987, Kamaru Usman was born in Auchi, Edo State, South-South Nigeria. His father was a major in the Nigerian Army, and his mother was a teacher.

Kashetu and Mohammed are his two brothers. Usman’s family moved to the United States when he was eight. Muhammed Nasiru Usman eventually immigrated there and completed pharmacy school. They made Dallas, Texas, their home.

Kamaru Usman’s Career

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Usman started wrestling during his freshman year at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. When he initially joined the team, Kamaru Usman was given the nickname “Marty” since his wrestling coach at the time had trouble pronouncing his first name, Kamarudeen.

He kept using this moniker throughout his amateur wrestling career. Before leaving for college, Kamaru Usman participated alongside Jon Jones at the senior national competition. He had a 53-3 record at the end of his senior season and came in third place at the Texas state championships.

Kamaru Usman competed in wrestling for the University of Nebraska at Kearney and finished in the top three nationally each of his three years there.

At 174 pounds, he won the 2010 NCAA Division II national championship. In 2008, Usman contributed to UNK’s first-ever team championship. Christian Okoye, a former NFL player, gave his approval for Usman to trademark the moniker “The Nigerian Nightmare.”

Mixed Martial Arts

The wrestlers on Team Miller were trained by Kamaru Usman in The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen in 2011. After failing to advance from the freestyle wrestling phase of the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials, he made his professional MMA debut in November of that same year.

Before submitting an application to The Ultimate Fighter in the early months of 2015, he participated in a number of regional promotions, amassing a 5-1 record.

Kamaru Usman was chosen to take part in The Ultimate Fighter 21 in February 2015. He won the competition, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship offered him a six-figure contract. In the championship match, Usman defeated Hayder Hassan Abdurahman through second-round submission.

Usman faced potential challenger Leon Edwards after making his official UFC debut in 2015. He was declared the winner by a unanimous vote.

Usman faces Leon Edwards on August 20, 2022, at UFC 278 for his sixth title defense. Usman lost his debut fight in the UFC after being knocked out in the fifth round.

Kamaru Usman: Fighting Style

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Usman isn’t the best striker while he’s on his feet. However, his striking turns dangerous when he incorporates takedowns.

Despite not having a style that appeals to the masses, “The Nigerian Nightmare” dominates his opponents through great wrestling. He plays the clinch well.

He is also among the world’s strongest welterweights. Other than that, very few fighters can match his rate of attack. Usman is practically unstoppable in chain wrestling.

Marriage life

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Eleslie Dietzsch is purportedly Kamaru Usman’s wife. Dietzsch was born on November 22, 1986, and is of Brazilian origin.

Usman and Dietzsch have chosen to maintain a discreet relationship. In 2016, when discussing his relationship status in public, the UFC welterweight champion referred to Dietzsch as his girlfriend.

Dietzsch was also present at UFC 261, where Kamaru Usman successfully defended his welterweight title five times in a row.

Even though Usman and Dietzsch have been dating for more than five years, there aren’t many images of them online, which shows how much they value each other’s privacy.

A daughter named Samirah was also delivered to the couple in August 2014. On social media, Usman has frequently expressed his affection for the six-year-old.

Samirah also has an Instagram account, which her parents undoubtedly run. The six-year-old has continued to be pretty active on the photo-sharing website and has frequently been spotted going with her father to some of his workouts.

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Awards and accomplishments

  •     UFC Welterweight Championship
  •     UFC The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner
  •     UFC Performance of the Night
  •     UFC Fight of the Night
  •     2021: Knockout of the Year
  •     2021: Fighter of the Year
  •     2021: ESPN Male Fighter of the Year
  •     2021: BT Sport Male Fighter of the Year
  •     2010: NCAA Division II National Championship
  •     2010: NCAA Division II All-American
  •     2007: NAIA National Qualifier
  •     2005: UIL All-State out of Bowie High School

 Kamaru Usman: Endorsements 2021

Kamaru Usman has struck a deal with Trifecta.