Nigerian-American Fighter Kamaru Usman Is the First African UFC Champion
The "Nigerian Nightmare" earned the welterweight MMA title on Sunday.
Nigerian-born fighter Kamaru Usman, also known as the "Nigerian Nightmare" has become the first Nigerian fighter, and the first from the continent to win an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.
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Usman earned the coveted welterweight title on Sunday, after defeating the four-time defender Tyron Woodley in the fifth round. The fighter wore green shorts and a green and white mouthguard during the fight to represent his Nigerian heritage.
The UFC shared a clip of an emotional Usman being named the new champion on Twitter, writing "Africa you have your first champion."
Africa, you have your first champion!! 🇳🇬 @Usman84Kg becomes the first African-born UFC champion, and the first Ni… https://t.co/1BtOiREn3q— UFC (@UFC)1551590017.0
The 31-year-old, undefeated athlete was born in Benin City, Nigeria but relocated to Arlington, Texas as a child. "Nigeria, I have told them, we would do it," he was quoted as saying in Pidgin during the post-match press conference. "I told them we never fail. And we have done it today."
Before competing in the UFC, Usman won the Ultimate Fighter TV Show back in 2015.
Eyes are on Usman as he continues to defend his title. Congrats to the young athlete!
Kamaru Usman has become the first African-born world champion in UFC history. More 👉 https://t.co/aOTkYmOFof… https://t.co/FIV7j84ka1— BBC Sport (@BBC Sport)1551605700.0