EXCLUSIVE: Meet Kamaru Usman; Nigerian Nightmare Who Ply His Trade In The UFC

Meet Kamaru Usman; Nigerian Nightmare

Meet Kamaru Usman; Nigerian Nightmare

Kamaru Usman

Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Usman and his family moved to the United States when he was 5-years-old. After compiling a 53-3 record in high school wrestling and qualifying for the NAIA national meet at William Penn University, Usman’s wrestling career took off after transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Usman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors all three years he attended and helped the school win its first-ever overall team title in 2008. He won the 2010 NCAA Division II national title at 174 lbs. in his senior season. He was also member of the University World Team for wrestling in 2010.



Born Kamarudeen Usman
May 11, 1988 (age 28)
Benin City, Nigeria
Other names Nigerian Nightmare
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Style Freestyle Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Team Blackzilians
Wrestling NCAA Division II Wrestling[1]
Years active 2012-present
TRAINING: I wake up and prepare my daughter for the gym, then go to our scheduled morning practice. Come back home for lunch and a nap and then it’s back to the gym for a private night session with a specific coach. 

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2012 – I needed a life change from my Olympic training career.

What ranks and titles have you held? Three-time NCAA All-American

Do you have any heroes? Superman, mom and dad

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great means for me to provide for my family with the skills I’ve developed.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Nebraska at Kearney – didn’t finish yet (one semester away – Sociology Degree)

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked at the Olympic Training Center as a tour guide

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2010 NCAA D2 National Champion

Favorite grappling technique: Heel hook

Favorite striking technique: Elbow

• Pro since 2012

• Five wins by knockout, one by submission (arm triangle)

• Two first round finishes

• On eight-fight winning streak

• Last pre-TUF win was over WEC vet Marcus Hicks (TKO2) on 7/18/14

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