Kamaru Usman, or the Nigerian Nightmare, is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. He is on a 19-match win streak and literally looks unbeatable inside the octagon. Ever since his UFC debut, he has been on a roll and has defended his welterweight title on multiple occasions. His technical ability looks far superior to the rest of the fighters in his division. Usman’s ground and pound is next level, and the ability to take punches is unreal. During his second fight against Colby Covington, Kamaru was outperformed by Colby in punches. He ate a lot of them but managed to stay in a comfortable position, displaying how good his chin is. This is just one of the examples to show how good Kamaru is, and deservingly so.
The mixed-martial artist from Nigeria is a beast inside the octagon. When it comes to grappling and wrestling, he is good. If it is boxing, he is excellent, you talk about take-down defense, he is right up there amongst the best. There is hardly any weakness one could find with this guy. He is the epitome of a true martial artist. He has had three title defenses so far, all won, rather clearly won. He is on a 19-match win streak and looks to continue it even further. His next fight is a rematch against Leon Edwards. That will interesting to see who comes out on top as Leon has drastically improved from his last fight.
Kamaru Usman: Life And Career
Born on 11 May 1987 in Auchi, Nigeria, Kamaru Usman was born in poverty. Even though his father was in the Nigerian Army and his mother was a teacher, they did not lead a wealthy lifestyle. When Kamaru was eight, he immigrated with the entire family to Dallas, Texas. There, he worked as a pharmacist. When Kamaru was in high school, he started wrestling. At the senior level, he has wrestled alongside Jon Jones. In the later years, Usman was even part of an Olympic wrestling team that failed to qualify for the Olympics.
In 2015, Kamaru Usman made his debut in the UFC. Before joining the company, his record was 5-1. The moment he joined UFC, things changed completely for good. He rose to prominence in a few years. His debut fight was again Leon Edwards, where Usman won via unanimous decision. His next fights were all in his favor, and people could see a new man taking over the Welterweight division. He found his title shot against Tyron Woodley. In the match, Usman completely dominated Tyron for five rounds and won the match via unanimous decision. From there on, till today, Kamaru has managed to defend his title at all times. He fought Colby Covington in his first title defense, and the fight turned out to be an offense fest. In the last round, Kamaru managed to drop Colby twice, which resulted in a knockout. He won via technical knockout.
His next title defenses were against Jorge Masvidal, which had one of the most iconic knockout punches in the history of the UFC. He then faced Gilbert Burn and won in the third round via technical knockout. His last fight was part II against Colby Covington. It was a tough fight yet again, but Usman won it.
Earnings And Net Worth
Kamaru Usman earns almost $1 million per year. His total net worth is reported to be around $3 million. The maximum he earned in a single fight was a whopping $692,000.