All You Need to Know About Kamaru Usman and His Father’s Remarkable Story

Published 04/23/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kamaru Usman is one of the most formidable fighters in the UFC. The reigning UFC welterweight champion is a powerhouse of talent. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ combines grappling and striking and MMA fans can understand the level of his dominance from the rankings. The champion sits #2 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound category.


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However, it hasn’t been all rosy for him and he has been through a lot in his life after moving from Nigeria to the United States- it took his father 6 years to get the entire family to the country. The mixed martial artist shared his father’s story with his fans while in conversation with Joe Rogan on his podcast.

Kamaru Usman and his father, Muhammed Usman


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The Nigerian Nightmare revealed that his father, Muhammed Usman, served a 15-year sentence in a federal penitentiary. However, Kamaru believes his father to be innocent of every single one of the charges.

Muhammed Usman came to the States in the year 1989 and started running a pair of ambulance companies- Royal Ambulance (established in 2003) and First Choice EMS (established in 2005). His entire business ran successfully with the help of his managers.


However, Usman’s father was soon charged with the issue of fraudulent run sheets (official documents required to keep the record of ambulance rides).

The medical companies first raised the alarm, alleging the presence of false information on these sheets.


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After this fraud case, Muhammed Usman’s ambulance companies started doing extra marketing to bolster their reputation. These acts, however, enhanced doubts of his participation in the conspiracy.

This also severely increased the length of Usman’s sentence. In the end, Usman’s father received a jail sentence after he was found guilty on multiple charges.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, the fighter opined that long sentences like these were given to those who were guilty of heinous crimes. What’s more, he declared that his father should not have suffered the way he did.


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This is what ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ said in one of his interviews, “There were times it was hard, and I cried about certain things. But as weird as it is to say this. All my life I was kind of put in a position to not depend on my dad.

“Of course, I did, but I didn’t need him. I was never one of those kids to say. ‘My dad doesn’t love me because he didn’t come to my wrestling meet.’ I knew who my dad was, and I knew he loved me.”

It is interesting to note that the welterweight bigwig refused to fight on PPV cards so as to ensure that his father could watch his fights on television for free while he was in prison.


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No matter what the fighter has faced in his personal life, he has given his best on the professional front. His skills and his firm determination have led him to the absolute pinnacle of his division.


Abhilasha Singh

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.