Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman

Personal Information

Full Name Kamarudeen Usman
Date of Birth May 11, 1987
Age 35 Years
Nationality Nigerian
Height 6'0"
Nickname The Nigerian Nightmare
Kamaru Usman: A Brief Biography

Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman is a former UFC Welterweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 3 losses. Kamaru was the 2010 NCAA Divison II National champion, holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He won The Ultimate Fighter 21 and is currently ranked #5 in the UFC Men's Pound-for-Pound rankings.

UFC 278: Usman v Edwards 2
Kamaru Usman

Latest News Update for Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman lost his fight against Leon Edwards for a chance to reclaim his UFC Welterweight title at UFC 286 via a majority decision.

UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3
UFC 286: Edwards v Usman 3

Kamaru Usman Facts

Birth Place
Auchi, Nigeria
Father’s Name
Muhammed Nasiru Usman
Mother’s Name
Afishetu P. Usman
Star SignTaurus
Net Worth (2023)$3 million
Last Fight Earnings$500,000
EducationUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney
MMA Debut2012
MMA Record20-3-0
AchievementsFormer UFC Welterweight Champion/ The Ultimate Fighter 21 Winner
PartnerEleslie Dietzsch
EndorsementsReebok, Trifecta

Early Life and Career

Kamaru Usman started his combat sports career as an amateur high school amateur. He earned a record of 53-3 before going to college.

During his college years, Usman became an NAIA national tournament qualifier. He failed to attend the tournament due to a snowstorm and subsequently changed his college to join the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman won the NAIA tournament title here and became an NCAA Division II champion with a record of 44-1.

Usman eventually transitioned into MMA and debuted in 2012 at RFA 5 against David Glover. Usman won the Fight via 2nd-round TKO(punches). Usman lost his next Fight at CFA 11 before bouncing back to amass a winning streak of 4 wins to garner a record of 5-1.

Following this, he joined the UFC in 2015 as a participant in Ultimate Fighter 21.

The Ultimate Fighter 21

Kamaru Usman got his big break when he joined The Ultimate Fighter 21 as a participant, wherein he represented the Blackziliains. The Nigerian Nightmare dominated everyone on the show and went undefeated in his journey to the final, where he faced Hayder Hassan. Usman would win the Fight in the second round via submission(arm-triangle choke) to become the Ultimate fighter and get a six-figure contract from the UFC.

Kamaru Usman's Career in UFC

The Nigerian Nightmare continued his Ultimate Fighter win momentum as he defeated Leon Edwards unanimously in his UFC debut on Fox 17.

Following this, Usman would go on to have a 9-fight-win streak in the UFC in which he defeated the likes of Sean Strickland and former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Kamaru got a title shot for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 235 against the champion Tyron Woodley. He defeated Woodley via Unanimous Decision to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion ending Woodley's 3-year title reign.

Kamaru continued his dominance in the Welterweight division as he defended the title against Colby Covington, Gilburt Burns, and twice against Jorge Masvidal. Kamaru extended his power over the division by defeating Colby Covington via unanimous decision at UFC 268 in a rematch.

However, in their rematch, his old nemesis Leon Edwards would earn his redemption and dethrone Usman as welterweight king. At UFC 278, 'The Nigerian Nightmare' lost his title to 'Rocky' via a last-minute knockout kick bringing his losses to two.

The trilogy fight between Usman and Edwards took place at UFC 286 on 18th March 2023 at the O2 Arena in London. Usman lost for the second consecutive time against Leon Edwards via a majority decision.

UFC 278: Usman v Edwards 2
UFC 278: Usman v Edwards 2

Kamaru Usman Record

Loss20-3Kamaru UsmanDecision (majority)UFC 28618/03/2023
Loss20-2Leon EdwardsKOUFC 27820/08/2022
Win20-1Colby CovingtonDecision (unanimous)UFC 26806/11/2021
Win19-1Jorge MasvidalKO(punch)UFC 26124/08/2021
Win18-1Gilbert BurnsTKO(punches)UFC 25813/02/2021
Win17-1Jorge MasvidalDecision (unanimous)UFC 25112/07/2020
Win16-1Colby CovingtonTKO(punches)UFC 24514/12/2019
Win15-1Tyron WoodleyDecision (unanimous)UFC 23502/03/2019
Win14-1Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale30/11/2018
Win13-1Demian MaiaDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman19/05/2018
Win12-1Emil Weber MeekDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi14/01/2018
Win11-1Sérgio MoraesKO(punch)UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch16/09/2017
Win10-1Sean StricklandDecision (unanimous)UFC 21008/04/2017
Win9-1Warlley AlvesDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 219/11/2016
Win8-1Alexander YakovlevDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko23/07/2016
Win7-1Leon EdwardsDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs Cowboy 219/12/2015
Win6-1Hayder HassanSubmission (arm-triangle choke)The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale12/07/2015
Win5-1Marcus HicksTKO(punches)Legacy FC 3318/07/2014
Win4-1Lenny LovatoTKO(punches)Legacy FC 3004/04/2014
Win3-1Steven RodriguezTKO(punches)Legacy FC 2731/01/2014
Win2-1Rashid AbdullahTKO(punches)VFC 4114/12/2013
Loss1-1Jose CaceresSubmission (rear-naked choke)CFA 1124/05/2013
Win1-0David GloverTKO(punches)RFA 530/11/2012

Kamaru Usman's Most Popular Fights

Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

Kamaru Usman fought Colby Covington at UFC 245. The Fight was Usman's first title defense and featured high-paced offense throughout the 5-round war.

Usman outstruck Covington throughout the bout, except for round 4. Kamaru finished the challenger in the 5th round to secure the win via Technical Knockout. Usman and Covington earned the Fight of the Night bonus for this bout.

Kamaru Usman v Colby Covington
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington at UFC 245

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2

Kamaru Usman faced Jorge Masvidal for the second time at UFC 261 after Usman defeated Masvidal in the first Fight that Masvidal took on short notice.

Their second encounter would be a short one as Kamaru Knocked out Masvidal with a right hand to the face to win the Fight via KO/TKO and secure his 4th title defense. After the Fight, Usman earned the #1 spot in the UFC's Men's pound-for-pound ranking.


Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2

Kamaru Usman fought Colby Covington for the second time at UFC 268 for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Usman started the Fight aggressively and secured the first round with his improved striking prowess and Covington's lack of aggression.

Usman knocked down Covington in the second round and ended the round with ground-and-pound as he failed to finish the challenger. Usman went defensive in round three as Colby attempted to land heavy shots mixed with takedowns. Colby's attempts for a takedown were all unsuccessful throughout the Fight, and it was his striking that he relied on to give a competitive fight to Usman.

Usman maintained control throughout the fight and never looked to be on the back foot except for the third round. Ultimately, both fighters embraced each other as Usman won the rematch against Covington unanimously.

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Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington at UFC 268

Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2


FAQs on Kamaru Usman

Q1. Who has Kamaru lost to in the UFC?

Usman has only lost to Leon Edwards twice in the UFC.

Q2. How many fights has Kamaru lost in the UFC?

Kamaru Usman has only lost twice in the UFC.

Q3. Why is Kamaru nicknamed The Nigerian Nightmare?

Kamaru Usman pays respect to his Nigerian heritage.

Q4. What is Kamaru Usman's current rank in the UFC?

He is #1 in the UFC men's welterweight rankings and #5 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.

Last Updated March 19, 2023

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