Popularly known as the "Nigerian Nightmare," Kamarudeen Usman is a highly-skilled. tenacious. and calculative fighter.

Popularly known as the “Nigerian Nightmare,” Kamarudeen Usman is a highly-skilled. tenacious. and calculative fighter. 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. Arlington TX. After high school. he went on to became the NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds at the University of Nebraska Kearney. Earning this title paved the way to a more engaging fighting career. 

Self-disciplined. ambitious. and focus. Kamarudeen enjoys professional fighting and is grateful for every opportunity he gets to display his talent.

Inspired by iconic fighters like Rashad Evans. John Jones. and Mike Tyson. his ultimate goal is to leave behind a legacy and to be regarded as the best in his craft.

 He is pressing towards this mark and in 2019 he became the first African UFC Champion. Having earned such a title. Kamaru believes that there are even more victorious days ahead and works relentlessly towards achieving all of his goals. He is not only an ambassador for Africa. but also an inspiration for every­me that has a dream to become the best in their field.

Kamaru is not only an incredible fighter. but he is also a great father to his daughter Samirah, who continues to inspire him. His excitement for fighting goes beyond recognition and winning championships. Fighting for him is a purpose, a lifestyle and most importantly a device to motivate people to build them­selves and attain the heights which they envision for themselves. Beyond fighting Kamarudeen is an actor, eloquent commentator and ambassador.

 

Fight record

date opponent RES Decision RND Time Event
Dec 14, 2019 Colby Covington W TKO/RSC 5 4:10 UFC 245: USMAN vs. COVINGTON
March 02, 2019 Tyron Woodley W Decision - Unanimous 5 5:00 UFC 235: JONES vs. SMITH
Nov 30, 2018 Rafael Dos Anjos W Decision - Unanimous 5 5:00 The Ultimate Fighter Season 28 Finale: Heavy Hitters Finale
May 19, 2018 Demian Maia W Decision - Unanimous 3 5:00 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA VS USMAN
Jan 14, 2018 Emil Meek W Decision - Unanimous 3 5:00 UFC Fight Night 71: Stephens vs. Choi
Sep 16, 2017 Sergio Moraes W KO - Strike 1 2:48 UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch
April 08, 2017 Sean Strickland W Decision - Unanimous 3 5:00 UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2
Nov 19, 2016 Warlley Alves W Decision - Unanimous 3 0:00 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER vs. NOGUEIRA
July 23, 2016 Alexander Yakovlev W Decision - Unanimous 3 5:00 UFN FOX 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko
Dec 19, 2015 Leon Edwards W Decision - Unanimous 3 5:00 UFC on FOX 17: Cerrone vs Dos Anjos
Jul 12, 2015 Hayder Hassan W Submission - Arm Triangle Choke 2 1:19 UFC TUF 21 Finale
Jul 18, 2014 Marcus Hicks W TKO/RSC 2 5:00 Legacy Fighting Championship 33
April 4, 2014 Lenny Lovato W TKO/RSC - Referee Stoppage 3 1:04 Legacy/Fresquez Promotions 04/04/14
Jan 31, 2014 Steven Rodriguez W TKO/RSC 1 3:31 Legacy Fighting Championship 27
Dec 14, 2013 Rashid Abdullah W TKO/RSC - Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 3:49 Victory Fighting Championship 41
May 24, 2013 Jose Caceres L Submission - Guillotine Choke 1 3:47 CFA 11
Nov 30, 2012 David Glover W TKO/RSC - Referee Stoppage from Strikes 2 4:50 CFA 11
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