Whoever dreams of making a career out of fighting from a young age? The typical African parents would have renounced such an ambition before it sees the light of the day. But, Kamaru Usman had fought through thick and thin to become the star fighter- the first ever African to win the Ultimate Fighters Competition, Welterweight Champion.
Kamaru Usman, the Nigerian-American fighter has brought honor to Nigeria, and you need to know all about him. Make sure you read till the end, because it’s going to be an exciting long ride as we bring you all you need to know about Kamaru Usman.
Kamaru Usman Background
Kamarudeen Usman, popularly called Kamuru Usman or The Nigerian Nightmare was born in Auchi, Edo state to a homemaking mother and a father who served in the Nigerian army. Kamaru was born on the 11th of May, 1987, and he had a humble beginning. Just like the majority of everyone in his hometown, Kamuru suffered having to trekk for miles to the stream to get water. He even worked as a farmhand on his family’s farm before his dad, who had gone to the US first-hand, moved him and the rest of the family to the US.
|Real name||Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman|
|Date of birth||11 May 1987|
|Country of Origin||Federal Republic of Nigeria|
|Nickname||The Nigerian Nightmare|
|Source of wealth||mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler|
|Net worth||$3 million|
|Parent||Mohammed Nasiru Usman and Afishetu P. Usman|
Here are more details about Kamaru Usman family;
Kamaru’s father- Mohammed Nasiru Usman: Unlike many typical fathers who would have forced their intentions on their children no matter what, Kamaru’s father is praised for letting his son follow his path. Mohammed Usman traveled to the US when Kamaru was just 2. Before he traveled to the US, he worked in the Nigerian Army. He also has involvement in the US Military.
In 2009, Kamaru’s father, Mohammed Nasiru Usman was arrested for multiple counts of health care fraud; to which he was charged a 180-month prison sentence and restitution of $1.3 million.
Kamaru’s Mother- Afishetu P. Usman: At first, Kamaru’s mother didn’t support the fighting career her son had chosen, but she later gave him support as much as she could. Obviously, she would be proud of him today. As a homemaker and teacher, Kamaru’s mother took care of the house together with Kamaru and his siblings.
Kamaru’s siblings: Kamaru has three siblings, two boys and a sister named Kashetu Usman. Much details are not known about two of his siblings, but his younger brother, Mohammed Usman has chosen a career path like his brother. He is also a Martial Artist, although he fights in a different division from Kamaru.
Kamaru Usman Education And Early Career
When KAMARU moved to the US to join his dad, he was only a young boy of 8 years old. As a Nigeria, he had issues blending in the US due to language barrier- he couldn’t speak English fluently. However, as a smart and brilliant young child, KAMARU soon catched up with his peers. His education contributed to this.
He attended Bovie High School in Arlington, Texas where he tried his luck with joining the football team. However, he gave up trying after successive injuries.
Following the advice of his high-schools wrestling coach, Kamaru began his foray into wrestling. Wrestling also came with setbacks like his football attempt, as he was consistently beaten by a girl during his early trainings. Not giving up, Kamaru persisted and soon made an impressive record of 53-3 in wrestling at Bovie High School in Arlington, Texas.
Moving on from his high school to William Penn University, Kamaru has gained grit and skill in wrestling. He became an NAIA National qualifier. Not too long from this, Kamaru was transferred to Nebraska University where he achieved another feat in his wrestling career. Together with the school’s wrestling team, Kamaru was able to achieve an outstanding feat of helping the school win the first over-all team title in 2008. Going onwards, he won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II national title in 2010 and became a member of the University World Team for freestyle wrestling that same year.
While in Nebraska, his wrestling coach found the name Kamarudeen a bit difficult to pronounce. So, he nicknamed him ‘Marty’. Kamaru Usman is also known as ‘Marty from Nebraska’.
More Successful Career Feats: Kamaru’s Rise To Prominence
To improve his chances of making a living out of wrestling, Kamaru USMAN became a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. This decision was largely influenced from his conversation with former UFC lightweight champion, Richard Evans.
Unlike his second attempt at MMA fighting which he lost, Kamaru Usman’s debut fight was a huge win. He won against David Glover in November, 2012 at RFA 5 in Nebraska. However, undaunted by his loss in his second fight with Jose Caceres, Kamaru kept on fighting with MMA. He rose from fighting at just regional promotions to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ also known as the breeding ground for UFC Fighters.
While fighting at Ultimate Fighters competitions, Kamaru Usman established himself as a force to be reckoned with as he won multiple victories. He was able to defeat Haydar Hassan in July 2015 to secure a six-figure contract with the UFC.
Other fighting victories by Kamaru Usman:
- Usman defeated Alexander Yakovlev at UFC on Fox 20 (unanimous decision);
- He took over Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 100 (unanimous decision).
- Then, he bagged the victory against Sean Strickland at UFC 210 (unanimous decision).
- He won UFC Fight Night 116 against Sérgio Moraes (knockout in the first round).
- Afterward, Usman pinned Emil Weber Meek at UFC Fight Night 124 (unanimous decision).
- Usman toppled down Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 129 (unanimous decision).
- At the Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, Usman faced Rafael dos Anjos winning him by unanimous decision, which gained him the Performance of the Night award.
- He toppled Jorge Masvidal in the UFC 251 UFC Fight Island.
His Mixed Martial Arts records is as follows;
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS RECORD FROM SHERDOG
- Total 20
- Wins 19
- By knockout 9
- By submission 1
- By decision 9
- Losses 1
- By submission 1
UFC Welterweight Championship
Kamaru Usman has an unbending tenacity to be a champion. The grueling training and dieting he went through while he made outstanding victories at the UFC, was so that he could win the UFC Welterweight Championship title being held by Tyron Woodley.
Diligence has a way of paving a winning path for people, the same happened with Kamaru. Having won over numerous fighters, he got the privilege of a fight with Tyron Woodley on 2nd March, 2019 in the co-main event of UFC 235. The fight against Tyron Woodley was a defining moment in history. Kamaru Usman, the Nigerian Nightmare, graciously won the fight, and took the title of UFC Welterweight Champion. Hence, Kamaru Usman became the first ever African born (a Nigerian), to win the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Advancing further, Usman appeared against his long-time rival Colby Covington at UFC 245. Both were exceptional in their skills and tactics, both were awarded Fight of The Night awards for their performances.
Under the Ultimate Fighting Competitions, Kamaru Usman has the following outstanding winning highlights;
UFC Welterweight Championship (One time, current)
- First-ever Nigerian-born champion in UFC history
- The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner
- Performance of the Night (Two times)
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Latest finish in UFC Welterweight history
- Tied for most consecutive wins in the welterweight division
- 2019 December Fight of the Month (by MMAJunkie.com)
How Kamaru Usman Got The Nickname; The Nigerian Nightmare
When you hear, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, hope it doesn’t bring a scare to you? (Lol…). Kamaru Usman is proud to be a Nigerian, and he identifies as a Nigerian. He speaks pidgin English fluently.
He got the nickname ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ from former American footballer with African roots named Christian Okoye. Christian Okoye, former National Football League (NFL) star, used to bear the title- The Nigerian Nightmare between 1987-1992. Due to his admiration of Kamaru Usman, he gave him the right to bear the nickname.
Kamaru Usman is reportedly married to Eleslie Dietzschwith, a Brazilian lady who bore him a beautiful daughter who he adores. His wife was born on November 22, 1986. Her parents are Eunice and Jose. Samira Usman, his 6-year old daughter born in August, 2014 enjoys loads of love from her daddy. Kamaru Usman believes in family, and he always makes out quality time to spend with them.
Other Facts About Kamaru Usman
- Unlike plenty of celebrities, Kamaru Usman does not have a single tattoo on his body.
- When he is not busy fighting, Kamaru Usman enjoys playing video games and painting.
- He is an ardent Muslim, and believe in fate, Karma and Allah.
- His height is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) while he weighs 170 lb (77 kg).
- his waist size measures 33, chest measures 42, and hips measures 35; thus, all in all, he measures a total of 42-33-35 in his bodily measurements.
- As of March 23, 2021 he is #2 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Kamaru Usman Net Worth
As at 2021, Kamaru Usman has an estimated net worth of $3 million. He banked his highest paycheck in his fight with Jorge Masvidal. Usman earned a whopping $640,000 in that fight.
Kamaru Usman Houses
Kamaru Usman is a bit conservative about showing off his houses, maybe because of his religion.
Kamaru Usman Cars
A Welterweight Champion like Kamaru Usman should have auspicious cars gracing his garage. Checks out the exotic cars the Nigerian Nightmare- Kamaru owns;
The Urus is an exotic SUV manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini. If you have the cash to splash around, the Lamborghini Urus is worth the investment. Powering the Urus is a 641 hp; 478 Kw, 4.0 L twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The starting price of the Urus is $210,000.
Rolls Royce Ghost
Kamaru Usman boldly boasts of owning a luxury Rolls Royce Ghost, manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The “Ghost” nameplate is in honour of the Silver Ghost, a car first produced in 1906. The retail price of a Roll Royce Ghost is £180,000.
- He also has a Harley Davidson Motorcycle which he nicknamed ‘Sharmain’ worth thousands of dollars.
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