Kamaru Usman Biography | Kamaru Usman Real Name
Kamaru Usman(Real name: Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
He won The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament. Also, Kamaru is the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Kamaru Usman Career
Professional MMA career
He made his professional MMA debut in November 2012. He compiled a record of (5–1) competing for several regional promotions before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in early 2015.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2015 February it was reported that he was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter 21.
In Kamaru first fight on the show, Usman faced Michael Graves. He won the fight via majority decision.
In the semifinals, Usman faced off against former WSOF Welterweight Champion Steve Carl. He won the fight via unanimous decision and advanced to the finals.
In the finals, he faced Hayder Hassan on July 12.2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won the bout via submission in the second round, thus winning a six-figure contract with the UFC. Kamaru was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Usman faced Leon Edwards on December 19.2015, at UFC on Fox 17. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Usman was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on May 14.2016, at UFC 198. However, Usman was replaced on the card for undisclosed reasons by promotional newcomer Luan Chagas.
His next faced Alexander Yakovlev on July 23.2016, at UFC on Fox 20. He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.
Kamaru faced Warlley Alves on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Usman faced Sean Strickland on April 8, 2017, at UFC 210. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
A rescheduled bout with Sérgio Moraes eventually took place on September 16, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 116. He won the fight Through knockout in the first round.
Usman was scheduled to face Emil Weber Meek on December 30. 2017, at UFC 219, but the fight was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 124. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Usman was expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio on May 19. 2018, at UFC Fight Night 129. However, on April 21, Ponzinibbio was pulled from the card due to injury and replaced by Demian Maia. Kamaru won the fight via unanimous decision.
Usman faced Rafael dos Anjos on November 30. 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Riding a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC, Usman next faced UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley on March 2. 2019, in the co-main event at UFC 235. He won the fight via a dominant unanimous decision to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion.
Kamaru Usman Age
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the current UFC Welterweight Champion.
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman was born on May 11 . 1987, in Auchi, Nigeria. Kamaru Usman is 32 years old as of 2019.
Kamaru Usman Family
Usman was born in Auchi, Nigeria. His father was in the Nigerian Army. Usman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 8 years old. He has a brother Mohammed Usman and a sister(the name is under review.)
His parents moved up to the United States of America when he was only five years old. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney to pursue his degree in sociology but opted to dropped out to pursue his MMA career.
During his college career, he was three times, NCAA All-American and also won the NCAA D2 National Champion in 2010. Before becoming a professional MMA athlete, he worked as an Olympic Training Center as a tour guide.
Kamaru Usman Wife | Kamaru Usman Daughter
Kamaru Usman has a daughter who he loves a lot but hasn’t disclosed any details about his marital status. He reportedly is married but the information about his wife is not available.
Kamaru Usman Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $602,500 million dollars as of 2019. His earning is from wrestling career.
Usman has made the career earnings of about $602,500. Usman has earned a fair amount of money through his successful career as an MMA fighter. He earned $205,000 – $75,000 to show, $75,000 to win, plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ after his win in November 2018. He is reported to earn about $350,000 for his UFC 235 win.
Kamaru Usman wrestling
He started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Because Usman’s wrestling coach at the time had trouble pronouncing his first name Kamarudeen, he was given the nickname “Marty” while he was on the team and it stuck with him during his amateur wrestling career.
After compiling a 53–3 record in high school wrestling, Usman wrestled alongside Jon Jones at the senior national tournament before leaving for college.
After high school, Usman wrestled at William Penn University for one year, where he was an NAIA national qualifier in 2007. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and helped the school win its first-ever overall team title in 2008.
Usman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors all three years he attended UNK. He became the NCAA Division II national champion at 174 lbs in 2010. Additionally, he was a University World Team member in freestyle wrestling in 2010.
Usman has a brother, Mohammed, who is also a mixed martial artist. Former National Football League (NFL) star Christian Okoye, who has the nickname “The Nigerian Nightmare” trademarked, gave his blessing for Usman to use it.Kamaru Usman Image
Kamaru Usman Brother
Mohammed and his brother Kamaru live on opposite sides of the country, The two brothers hardly ever train and see each other.
But according to Mohammed, it’s nothing personal. Their relationship is more than (intact) they simply went their separate ways to accomplish what each of them had to accomplish.
“We’re close, but we’ve never been that kind of, ‘Oh, let me know what you’re doing every two seconds,’” Usman told BloodyElbow.com’s The MMA Circus. “We went to different universities, we went to different paths. And everybody has their own different mindset.”
Usman trains at (Rise Combat Sports in Tucson, Ariz).,alongside former UFC flyweight title challenger Chris Cariaso and also at Reyes Boxing Club in Fort Worth, Texas. His brother trains at Combat Club in South Florida.
Usman says that he is OK with it. He doesn’t mind the fact that he and his brother are on separate journeys.
“I’d never intrude or be like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna come train with you because I’m gonna be an MMA fighter,’” Usman said. “If [Kamaru] said, ‘Hey, Mo, come train down here.’ Of course, I’d go. But that’s never just been the case. I know he’s got a busy life and he’s trying to do a lot of things in his division, so that’s why I just stay in my own lane.”
And Usman plans on staying on his own journey for the time being. The former college football player, who makes his mixed martial arts debut on Thursday at Tachi Palace Fights in California, doesn’t plan on changing much even in his training camp in the foreseeable future. He’s happy staying, for the most part, in Arizona and Texas, because his whole team has believed in him from the beginning. And because, only eight months into true MMA training, it’s worked for him thus far.
But the heavyweight fighter knows he needs to train with the best if he wants to go far in the sport. And that may include training more often at Combat Club alongside his brother and many other elite mixed martial artists.
“After this fight, I will definitely be going down to Florida more and more and training with Rashad Evans and Tyrone Spong and those guys,” he said. “I know I’m gonna need good heavyweights to train with to be the best — you have to train with the best. One of my friends, Francis Ngannou, he told me to come down and train with him in Las Vegas.”
Some of the expectation surrounding Usman’s debut is likely only because of his last name. Usman understands and is fine with that. That said, he wants fans to know who he is and what he brings to the table — not just the fact he is Kamaru’s brother.
“I’m my own athlete,” he said. “As you can see, we’re all built differently. I’m a couple of pounds heavier than him. My motivation comes within me. Whatever I want to do, I get motivated to do it. And that goes for anybody — nobody else should be able to motivate you more than yourself.”
Usman appreciates Usman for introducing him to the world of prizefighting. Usman cornered Kamaru in his debut four years ago and has cornered his brother many times since. And since his first cornering duties, he’s fallen in love with the sport. But Usman believes he would have found his way to mixed martial arts even if he didn’t have a sibling already involved in the sport.
“If he wasn’t my brother, I’d still want to do this,” he said. “He definitely introduced me to it. But after that, my love for it grew. What’s meant for you will always be for you.”
Kamaru Usman Marty
Why is Kamaru Usman called ‘Marty’ from Nebraska?
“He’s reading the roll sheet calling names and he goes, ‘Kfam… Kamar… Who the? Who the fuck is this kid?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s me, coach…’ He’s like, ‘That’s your name?’ I’m like ‘yeah,’ he’s like, ‘I’m not saying that!’ Cause my full name is Kamarudeen. He’s like, ‘I’m not gonna say that! Like, Kamardien, Kamardy… I’m gonna call you Marty,’ And I’m just like, ‘Yeah sure, coach.’”
“I’m 5-foot-3, 100 pounds, I’m scared of this guy and I’m like ‘sure.’ I mean, you’re a kid, you don’t care. You’re gonna have nicknames growing up. Now the whole team’s calling me Marty. I love that coach, he essentially changed the course of my life.”
“This is the thing about nicknames if you’re a guy who’s just a regular average guy and you suck, your name dies with you. You move on, no one cares. But if you’re doing something incredible, something spectacular, that name lives on.”
“So now Marty went from just everyone on the team calling me Marty to where people knew about the wrestling, around the wrestling circuit in high school they’re calling me Marty. ‘Oh, Marty, that kid’s good.’ And now college coaches are calling like, ‘I wanna recruit this kid, this Kamarudeen kid.
Oh! Marty?’ So now they all know me as Marty. So now I go to college, and all the coaches are calling me Marty. And now the college team is calling me Marty.
Now here’s the situation with this whole Ben Askren thing. Like I just mentioned, if I was just a regular guy who sucked, no one cares. No one knows your name, you die out. But because I made waves… I was that Marty kid that wrestled at Nebraska that was beating the shit out of everyone. Division I, II, II, NIA, JuCo, it doesn’t matter. Ben knows of me.”
Kamaru Usman Gym
After conflicting accounts of the Blackzilians’ rumored demise, UFC welterweight said the team is still going strong.
“Honestly, for us, nothing changed,” Usman (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie backstage this past weekend while at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver. “The only change is we don’t have a big fancy gym, and some of the guys aren’t managed by Glenn (Robinson).”
Blackzilians founder Robinson told MMAjunkie the famed team is in transition after a move to a new facility and the departure of longtime coach Henri Hooft, who denied he left to start his own squad despite being a shareholder at a new facility.
The behind-the-scenes drama hasn’t affected “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Usman, who said he still trains with the same band of UFC vets who’ve come to represent the Blackzilians since its formation in 2011. Although multiple reports have indicated financial troubles and dissension in the ranks, Usman said the team is more than a name that carries weight in the MMA world. It’s a group of guys who enjoy working together.
As Usman waits for his next booking, a greater concern is making sure the UFC takes notice of his accomplishments in the octagon. Despite a 4-0 UFC record, he said the promotion looks at him as a grinding wrestler – in other words, not fit for prime time – and isn’t promoting him as well as it could.
Usman has proposed to make the UFC’s job easy by laying out a path to the title with his next three opponents. He said UFC officials have yet to take him up on that.
“The UFC can make anyone a star,” Usman said. “It’s just they have to believe in you and put the time and money and effort into to you to know it’s going to pay dividends. So, (they aren’t yet promoting me as strongly as possible). When I get back inside the cage, I just have to show them I said what I wanted, and I can prove that. It shows and proves. That’s how the game goes.”
Kamaru Usman Jordan Burroughs
Usman: Jordan Burroughs Showcased Why Askren Should Be Humble
Ben Askren is easily one of the most outspoken fighters on social media and perhaps even one of the most active athletes in all of the sports when it comes to Twitter activity. And recently, the subject who has perhaps received the most of Ben Askren’s attention is none other than reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
In a reversal of roles, Kamaru Usman trolled Ben Askren after Askren was shutout in a wrestling match against Olympic wrestler Justin Burroughs, yet Usman insists that he has no personal animosity against Askren. So if a personal vendetta didn’t spur Usman’s tweet, what did? Kamaru Usman explained why he took the time to criticize Askren following the shutout loss:
“I made the joke because just like that, Ben came in…Ben was doing his own thing on the other part of the world, and Ben came in thinking, ‘Oh, I’m the best at everything. I’m the best at wrestling.
I’m the best at this, the best at that.’ So that was just to let him know that, hey, no you’re not. Relax,” Usman said in a media scrum.
Kamaru Usman also believes that same lesson can be applied to mixed martial arts, where he, as the reigning welterweight champion, would be the MMA equivalent to what Justin Burroughs was to Askren in the wrestling realm:
“When you go into wrestling, there’s a guy that’s the best there,” Usman said. “And he went in there, and he felt that. Now you want to come into the UFC, there’s a guy that’s the best there, too. And that’s me.
“So when that time comes and I get the opportunity to show him that, I will gladly do it. And so that’s all that meant. I don’t really care what he’s doing. Of course, it was interesting. I like that. So I watched it, and I saw what the best did to him there. It’s gonna be a lot different when the best here get a hold of him.”
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Morning Report: Kamaru Usman on Colby Covington taking another fight: ‘This kid f*cks it up again!’
If you haven’t heard, Colby Covington did a thing earlier this week, accepting a fight with Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark. It was a weird decision because Covington was the presumptive number one contender for Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title.
Moreover, the two have already been building the potential fight with outside-the-cage shenanigans that started almost immediately after Usman won the belt. Now, that is all in jeopardy and the UFC welterweight champion is left shaking his head at what happened.
“Agh. I literally just smacked my head,” Usman told TMZ Sports. “Like, this kid f*cks it up again! Again! I said from the start, this was gonna be his fight to mess up and that’s exactly what he just did.”
This isn’t the first time Covington has lost a title shot. In a similar situation when Tyron Woodley was the champion, “Chaos” was twice passed over for title fights when his schedule would not align with the UFC’s. Covington’s manager intimated that this time the decision was more on the side of the UFC but Usman has another possible theory for why Covington would risk his title shot like this.
“Those gambling debts might have caught up to him,” Usman said. “You never know the backstory of what’s going on. Debts might have caught up to him. He hasn’t fought for a long time, trying to sit out and be a pest, not just to me but to Woodley at some point and also to Dana White at some point. So you sat out for a long time and now you’re kind of reaping what you sow.
“At the end of the day, this is not me saying ‘Oh, I don’t want to fight him.’ I definitely want to fight him. There’s no one – and people might say, ‘Oh, you’re ducking Colby Covington,’ his three fans who continuously try to pester me every day – there’s no one right now I would love to punch more or hurt more than him.
Him or Ben Askren. Either one. I don’t really care. Doesn’t matter. But for him to take that, it just goes to show you who is in power. It’s not him. It’s not me [either]. I mean, I have a little say so but there’s a bigger machine that controls everything.”
And there’s the rub. That “bigger machine” may indeed be working against Covington as Dana White’s new favorite buddy, Ben Askren is knocking on the door of a title shot himself.
Askren is set to fight Covington’s friend and training partner Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 and should he get a win, it’s likely Askren will leapfrog Covington, given Askren’s popularity. And though Usman says he’d prefer to fight Covington, he admits he doesn’t really care either way who he defends his belt against.
“I just feel like the time is right, I need to put my hands on Covington,” Usman said. “I’ve got to get that one out of the way but oh man, Ben Askren’s next.
He’s the representative of this new age society where trolls and these guys that probably could never touch you or do anything to you, feel like because they have a platform on the internet, I’m just gonna talk as reckless as possible. So I kinda need to humble him up a little bit but it doesn’t matter. I just want to fight, keep doing what I love, get back to competing. So it doesn’t matter, either one of them can get it.”
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