Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman emerges first African UFC champion

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Nigerian-American mixed martial arts fighter, Kamaru Usman, know as ‘the Nigerian Nightmare’ has beaten former champion Tyron Woodley to emerge the first African to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC).

Usman dominated the Las Vegas contest for the welterweight title on Sunday morning

The UFC is the biggest competition in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), where competitors combine boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and other disciplines while fighting in an octagonal cage.

Usman, 31, produced the performance of his career to dominate long-reigning welterweight champion Woodley.

He extended his winning streak to 14 and maintained his unbeaten record in the UFC.

Usman was born in Benin City, Nigeria. His father was in the Nigerian army. Usman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 8 years old. He started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. After compiling a 53-3 record in high school wrestling, Usman wrestled alongside famous fighters like Jon Jones at the senior national tournament before leaving for college.

He made his professional MMA debut in November 2012. He compiled a record of 5–1, competing for several regional promotions before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in early 2015.

Like boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, Usman identifies passionately with his Nigerian heritage, adopting the nickname ‘Nigerian Nightmare’.

He even wore Nigerian colours in his mouthguard during the match and spoke pidgin during the pre-fight interview

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