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Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman in 2019
BornKamarudeen Usman
(1987-05-11) May 11, 1987 (age 33)
Auchi, Nigeria
Other namesThe Nigerian Nightmare
NationalityNigerian
American
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach76 in (193 cm)[1]
StyleWrestling
Fighting out ofFort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
TeamBlackzilians (2011–2017)
Sanford MMA (2017–2020)[2][3]
Onx Sports (2020–present)
TrainerJorge Santiago (grappling)[4]
Trevor Wittman (striking)[4]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jorge Santiago[5]
WrestlingNCAA Division II Wrestling[6]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins19
By knockout9
By submission1
By decision9
Losses1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record

Kamarudeen "Kamaru" Usman (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduated folkstyle wrestler. He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. Usman was also The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner. As of March 23, 2021 he is #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[7]

As a wrestler, Usman primarily competed at 84 kilograms, and was the 2010 US University World Team Member.[8] 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.[9][10]

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Background

Usman was born in Auchi, Nigeria.[11] His father was in the Nigerian Army and his mother was a teacher.[12][13] He has two brothers, Kashetu and Mohammed, of whom the former is a Doctor of Pharmacy and the latter is a mixed martial artist.[13][14] Growing up with his mother and two brothers in Benin City, Usman struggled with the conditions in his environment during his childhood.[15] Usman's father Muhammed Nasiru Usman, who became a pharmacist in the United States, brought his family into the country when Usman was eight years old, immigrating to Dallas, Texas.[16] Muhammed Nasiru Usman, who had previous convictions in Tarrant County for theft and drunk driving,[17] was convicted in May 2010 of various offenses, including health care fraud and money laundering, related to a health care fraud scheme he ran. He was sentenced to fifteen years' imprisonment and ordered to pay $1,300,000 in restitution,[18] and was released from FCI Seagoville on March 16, 2021.[19][20]

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Wrestling career

Usman started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Because Usman's wrestling coach at the time had trouble pronouncing his first name Kamarudeen, he got the nickname "Marty" when he joined the team and it stuck with him during his amateur wrestling career.[21][22] After compiling a 53-3 record in high school wrestling and placing third at the Texas state championships, Usman wrestled alongside Jon Jones at the senior national tournament before leaving for college.[23]

In college, Usman wrestled in Iowa at William Penn University for one year, where he was an NAIA national tournament qualifier in 2007, but was unable to attend the tournament due to a snowstorm; half of his team and his head coach, however, had left early for the tournament without him, which frustrated Usman and influenced him to leave William Penn.[24] He later transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), which had previously tried to recruit him under advisement of then-UNK wrestler Tervel Dlagnev, and subsequently helped the Lopers win their first-ever team title in 2008.[24] Usman placed top 3 in the nation all three years he attended UNK, and was a two-time national finalist.[25] He became the NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010, finishing the season with a 44-1 record and 30 straight wins.[26]

Shortly after his folkstyle career was over, Usman turned his attention to freestyle wrestling and became a resident of the United States Olympic Training Center, with hopes of making the 2012 Olympic team.[27][28] Despite making the US University World Team in 2010, Usman was sidetracked by injuries and eventually abandoned his Olympic goal after failing to qualify for the '12 US Olympic Team Trials, turning his attention to mixed martial arts instead.[29][30] Former National Football League (NFL) star Christian Okoye, who has the nickname "The Nigerian Nightmare" trademarked, gave his blessing for Usman to use it.[31]

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Mixed martial arts career

Professional MMA career

On 2011, Usman served as the wrestling coach for Team Miller in The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen.[32] After failing to qualify for the '12 US Olympic Team Trials in freestyle wrestling, Usman made his professional MMA debut in November 2012.[33] He compiled a record of 5–1, competing for several regional promotions before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in early 2015. [34][35]

The Ultimate Fighter

In February 2015, it was announced that Usman was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter 21.[35]

In his TUF debut and quarterfinal bout of the bracket, Usman faced undefeated eventual Titan FC Welterweight Champion Michael Graves. He won the fight via majority decision.[36]

In the semifinals, Usman faced off against long-time veteran and former WSOF Welterweight Champion Steve Carl. He won the fight via unanimous decision and advanced to the finals.[37]

In the finals, Usman faced Hayder Hassan on July 12, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.[38] He won the bout via submission in the second round, thus winning a six-figure contract with the UFC.[39] He was also awarded the Performance of the Night award.[40]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

2015

In his official debut as a UFC athlete, Usman faced future contender Leon Edwards on December 19, 2015, at UFC on Fox 17.[41] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[42]

2016

Usman was expected to face two-time Jiu–Jitsu World Champion Sérgio Moraes on May 14, 2016, at UFC 198.[43] However, it was announced on May 1 that Usman had pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Luan Chagas.[44]

In his first bout of the year, Usman faced Alexander Yakovlev on July 23, 2016, at UFC on Fox 20.[45] He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision after out-grappling Yakovlev.[46]

Usman faced TUF: Brazil 3 tournament winner Warlley Alves on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100.[47] He won the match by unanimous decision for the third-straight time.[48]

2017

Usman faced former long-time KOTC Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland on April 8, 2017, at UFC 210.[49] He once again won the fight via unanimous decision.[50]

A rescheduled bout with a Sérgio Moraes on a seven-match unbeaten streak eventually took place on September 16, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 116.[51] Usman won the fight via one-punch knockout in the first round.[52]

Usman was scheduled to face Venator FC Welterweight Champion Emil Weber Meek on December 30, 2017, at UFC 219, however, Meek presented VISA problems and the pair was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 124.[53][54] Usman won the fight by unanimous decision after out-wrestling his opponent.[55]

2018

Usman was expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio on May 19, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 129.[56] However, on April 21, Ponzinibbio was pulled from the card due to injury[57] and replaced by ADCC Grappling World Champion and two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia.[58] After denying all of Maia's fifteen attempts of takedowns and out-performing his opponent on the feet, Usman won the fight via unanimous decision.[59]

On August 18, it was announced that Usman would serve as a back-up for the UFC 228 main event match between long-time champion Tyron Woodley and undefeated challenger Darren Till.[60]

Usman faced former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos on November 30, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[61] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[62] This win earned him his second Performance of the Night award.[63]

UFC Welterweight Champion

2019

Riding a nine-fight winning streak in the UFC, Usman next faced UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley on March 2, 2019, in the co-main event at UFC 235.[64] He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision after dominating his opponent for five rounds to be crowned as the new UFC Welterweight Champion.[65]

Usman made his first title defense and faced long-time rival Colby Covington at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019.[66] Despite both athletes being mostly offensive wrestlers,[67] the fight did not include any grappling and contained high-paced offense in the striking instead.[68] After an often referred to as "slugfest", Usman was able to knockdown his opponent twice before finishing him with strikes in the fifth round to be declared the winner via technical knockout,[69] which set the record for the latest finish in UFC welterweight history.[70] This fight earned both participants the Fight of the Night award.[71]

2020

Usman was scheduled to defend his title for the second time against long-time teammate and two-time No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Gilbert Burns on July 12, 2020 at UFC 251.[72] Both being originally from the same camp – Sanford MMA – Usman opted to train under Trevor Wittman heading into the fight.[4] On July 3, 2020, it was revealed that Burns tested positive for COVID-19, and he was subsequently removed from the card.[73] On July 5, 2020, it was reported that Jorge Masvidal had stepped in on short notice and served as a replacement for Burns.[74] Usman controlled most of the fight by keeping Masvidal in the clinch, winning via unanimous decision.[75] The card reportedly generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in the United States, the most since UFC 229 in October 2018.[76]

2021

Usman was once again scheduled to defend his title against BJJ World Champion Gilbert Burns, on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256.[77] However, on October 5, 2020, It was reported that Usman had pulled out from the bout, citing more time needed to recover from undisclosed injuries[78] and the bout was postponed for February 13, 2021, as the headliner for UFC 258.[79] Usman defended his title for the third time, as he won the fight via technical knockout in the third round, surpassing the record of the former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre for the largest win-streak in the division with thirteen.[80] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[81]

For his fifth title bout, Usman rematched against Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261 in Florida.[82] He successfully defended his title after knocking out Masvidal in the second round, becoming the first one to do so.[83] This win earned Usman his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award.[84]

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Personal life

Kamaru and his wife have a daughter, Samirah (born 2014).[85]

Championships and accomplishments

Folkstyle wrestling

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 19 wins 1 loss
By knockout 9 0
By submission 1 1
By decision 9 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–1 Jorge Masvidal KO (punch) UFC 261 April 24, 2021 2 1:02 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 18–1 Gilbert Burns TKO (punches) UFC 258 February 13, 2021 3 0:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 17–1 Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) UFC 251 July 12, 2020 5 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 16–1 Colby Covington TKO (punches) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 5 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–1 Tyron Woodley Decision (unanimous) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–1 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 5 5:00 Santiago, Chile
Win 12–1 Emil Weber Meek Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi January 14, 2018 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 11–1 Sérgio Moraes KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 1 2:48 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10–1 Sean Strickland Decision (unanimous) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 3 5:00 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 9–1 Warlley Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–1 Alexander Yakovlev Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Yakovlev was deducted one point in round 1 for grabbing the cage.
Win 7–1 Leon Edwards Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 6–1 Hayder Hassan Submission (arm-triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale July 12, 2015 2 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 21 Welterweight Tournament. Performance of the Night.
Win 5–1 Marcus Hicks TKO (punches) Legacy FC 33 July 18, 2014 2 5:00 Allen, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Lenny Lovoto TKO (punches) Legacy FC 30 April 4, 2014 3 1:04 New Mexico, United States
Win 3–1 Steven Rodriguez TKO (punches) Legacy FC 27 January 31, 2014 1 1:31 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–1 Rashid Abdullah TKO (punches) VFC 41 December 14, 2013 1 3:49 Ralston, Nebraska, United States Catchweight (180 lb) bout.
Loss 1–1 Jose Caceres Submission (rear-naked choke) CFA 11 May 24, 2013 1 3:47 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 David Glover TKO (punches) RFA 5 November 30, 2012 2 4:50 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Welterweight debut.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Steve Carl Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians June 17, 2015 (airdate) 2 5:00 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States The Ultimate Fighter 21 semifinals round.
Win 1–0 Michael Graves Decision (majority) April 22, 2015 (airdate) 2 5:00 The Ultimate Fighter 21 quarterfinals round.

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Freestyle record

Senior Freestyle Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifier DNP at 84 kg
Loss 35–26 Evan Brown 1–3, 1–1 March 31 – April 1, 2012 2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifier

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Win 35–25 Ed Richmond Fall
Loss 34–25 Jake Herbert 2–5, 1–5
2012 Dave Schultz M. International DNP at 84 kg
Loss 34–24 Narsingh Yadav 1–2, 1–5 February 2–4, 2012 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Win 34–23 Evan Brown 1–0, 1–0
Win 33–23 Valentin Sofiadi 2–0, 2–0
Win 32–23 Alex Burk 5–2, 2–1
Loss 31–23 Deron Winn Fall
Win 31–22 Kurt Brenner 0–8, 6–4, 2–0
2011 US Olympic Trials Qualifier 4th at 84 kg
Loss 30–22 Bryce Hasseman 0–1, 0–1 December 3, 2011 2011 US Olympic Trials Qualifier

Las Vegas, Nevada

Win 30–21 Travis Paulson INJ
Win 29–21 James Yonushonis 4–2, 2–1
Win 28–21 Doug Umbehauer 1–1, 2–0
Win 27–21 Kurt Brenner 1–0, 5–2
Loss 26–21 Terry Madden 0–4, 1–4
Win 26–20 Pat Downey 1–1, 3–3, 4–0
2011 NYAC Holiday International Open DNP at 84 kg
Loss 25–20 Kirk Smith 1–1, 0–3 November 11–13, 2011 2011 NYAC Holiday International Open Tournament

New York City, New York

Win 25–19 Mike Tamillow 2–1, 3–0
Loss 24–19 Jaime Espinal 0–4, 4–6
2011 Sunkist Kids International Open DNP at 84 kg
Loss 24–18 Mack Lewnes 2–2, 0–6 October 28–30, 2011 2011 Sunkist Kids International Open Tournament

Mesa, Arizona

Loss 24–17 Raymond Jordan 0–4, 1–3
Win 24–16 Erich Schmidtke 3–0, 1–2, 3–1
2011 NP Regionals at 96 kg
Loss 23–16 Luke Lofthouse 1–1, 4–1, 0–1 May 12–14, 2011 2011 Northern Plains Regional Championships

Waterloo, Iowa

Win 23–15 Mike Schmidt 3–3, 7–0, 7–2
2011 US University Nationals 7th at 84 kg
Win 22–15 Kevin Bailey TF 7–0, 6–0 April 20–23, 2011 2011 US University National Championships

Akron, Ohio

Loss 21–15 Max Thomusseit 3–1, 0–1, 0–1
Win 21–14 Ryan Loder 6–0, 1–3, 2–1
Win 20–14 Keith Witt TF 6–0, 6–0
Win 19–14 Ben Bennett 2–0, 6–0
Loss 18–14 Nick Heflin 0–1, 1–3
Win 18–13 Cole Shafer 6–0, 2–0
2011 US Open DNP at 84 kg
Loss 17–13 Raymond Jordan 0–2, 0–2 April 7–10, 2011 2011 US Open National Championships

Cleveland, Ohio

Loss 17–12 Bryce Hasseman 1–1, 0–3
Win 17–11 Evan Brown 0–1, 2–1, 1–0 2011 US Open National Championships – Qualifier
Win 16–11 Christopher Honeycutt 1–1, 2–3, 2–1
Win 15–11 Kaleb Young 3–2, 1–0
Loss 14–11 Nick Heflin 0–1, 4–1, 0–1
Win 14–10 Dwight Middleton TF 6–0, 6–0
2011 Dave Schultz M. International DNP at 84 kg
Loss 13–10 Jaime Espinal Fall February 2–5, 2011 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Win 13–9 James Yonushonis TF 5–0, 8–2
Loss 12–9 Shinya Matsumoto 2–4, 1–4
Win 12–8 Jake Landals 5–0, 7–0
Win 11–8 James Reynolds 4–1, 7–0
2010 NYAC International Open DNP at 84 kg
Loss 10–8 Raymond Jordan Fall November 20–21, 2010 2010 NYAC International Open Tournament

New York City, New York

Win 10–7 Jason Lapham 1–0, 3–0
Win 9–7 Robert Isley 2–1, 4–2
Loss 8–7 Keith Gavin 1–0, 1–2, 0–2
Win 8–6 Vitaliy Horodnytskyy 2–0, 2–1
2010 University World Championships 8th at 84 kg
Loss 7–6 Giedrius Morkis Fall October 30, 2010 2010 University World Championships

Torino, Italy

Loss 7–5 Piotr Ianulov 0–6
Win 7–4 Alex Burk 9–2
2010 US University World Team Trials 5th at 74 kg
Loss 6–4 Adam Hall 2–0, 0–1, 2–4 May 28–29, 2010 2010 US University World Team Trials

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Win 6–3 Albert White 2–1, 2–0
Loss 5–3 Jon Reader 0–4, 1–5
Win 5–2 John Paul O`Connor 0–3, 4–3, 5–0
Win 4–2 Matt Ballweg 5–1, 6–0
2010 US Open DNP at 74 kg
Loss 3–2 David Bonin 1–2, 4–0, 3–3 April 22–24, 2010 2010 US Open National Championships

Cleveland, Ohio

Loss 3–1 Travis Paulson 3–1, 0–1, 0–6
Win 3–0 Derek Peperas INJ 2010 US Open National Championships – Qualifier
Win 2–0 David Foxen TF 6–0, 7–0
Win 1–0 Michael Mitchell 3–5, 3–2, 6–0

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NCAA record

NCAA Division II Championships Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event
2010 NCAA (DII) Championships at 174 lbs
Win 11–2 Luke Rynish 5–4 March 13, 2010 2010 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Win 10–2 Christopher Barrick 6–5
Win 9–2 Aaron Denson 2–0
Win 8–2 Ben Becker 9–2
2009 NCAA (DII) Championships at 174 lbs
Loss 7–2 Brett Hunter 2–3 March 14, 2009 2009 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Win 7–1 Ross Taplin 2–0
Win 6–1 Jarret Hall 4–2
Win 5–1 Luke Rynish 8–5
2008 NCAA (DII) Championships at 174 lbs
Win 4–1 Josh Shields 3–2 March 15, 2008 2008 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Win 3–1 Chris Gibbs 4–1
Loss 2–1 Albert Miles 2–6
Win 2–0 Tyler Tubbs SV–1 7–5
Win 1–0 Chris Gibbs MD 10–0

Pay-per-view bouts

Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
UFC 251 Usman vs. Masvidal 12 July 2020 Flash Forum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 1,300,000[76]

See also

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Achievements
Preceded by
Tyron Woodley
12th UFC Welterweight Champion
March 2, 2019 – Present
Incumbent