The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Artist becomes the first African to ever win a UFC belt.
Rabat – Nigerian UFC fighter Kamaru Usman outperformed his 5-time American champion rival, Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Usman made history by becoming the first African to ever win the UFC Welterweight belt, ending Woodley’s 5-year reign.
Usman’s performance granted him a majority decision from the jury.
Nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare”, the 31-year-old is originally from Benin City, Nigeria. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was eight years old. He began his career as a wrestler in high school and college where he won several prominent titles.
In 2012, Usman started his professional MMA career, earning a record of 5-1 before being selected to compete on the Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs Blackzilians, the twenty-first installment of UFC’s reality television series.
Usman continued until the finals where he faced Hayder Hassan on July 12, 2015. He won the final via submission in the second round and was consequently signed by the UFC for a six-figure contract.
The Nigerian Nightmare has lost only one fight out of 15 in his professional career.