Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman is a highly skilled, tenacious, and calculative fighter, currently competing in the welterweight division of the UFC, where he is the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion. The Nigerian-born American professional mixed martial artist is self-disciplined, ambitious, and focused, and is grateful for every opportunity he gets to display his talent. Motivated by iconic fighters like Rashad Evans, John Jones, and Mike Tyson, Usman’s ultimate goal is to leave behind a legacy and to be regarded as the best in his craft and an inspiration to everyone who has a dream to become the best in their field.
In 2019 he became the first African UFC Champion, and was also The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner. In 2021, as the headliner for UFC 258, Usman defended his title for the third time on February 13th against BJJ World Champion Gilbert Burns. He won the fight via technical knockout in the third round, surpassing the record of the former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre for the largest win-streak in the division with thirteen. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award. For his fifth title bout, Usman rematched against Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261 in Florida. He successfully defended his title after knocking out Masvidal in the second round, becoming the first one to do so in the UFC. This win earned Usman his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award.
Having earned such triumphs, Kamaru believes that there are even more victorious days ahead and works relentlessly towards achieving all of his goals. His excitement for fighting goes beyond recognition and winning championships. For him, fighting is a purpose, a lifestyle, and most importantly, a device to motivate people to build themselves and attain the heights for which they envision for themselves. Beyond fighting, Usman is an actor, eloquent commentator, and ambassador for Africa.
Born in Auchi, Edo State Nigeria, Usman grew up with two brothers and a sister who inspired his dreams and contributed to his growth. After moving to Texas, he went from fighting with his brothers at a young age to participating in wrestling at James Bowie High School in Arlington, TX. After high school, he went on to become the 2010 NCAA Division II National champion, a three–time NCAA DII All-American and a NAIA National qualifier at 174 pounds at the University of Nebraska Kearney. Earning this title paved the way to a more engaging fighting career.
Kamaru is not only an incredible fighter, but he is also a great father to his daughter Samirah, who continues to inspire him.