‘Brother From Another Mother’- Francis Ngannou Explains Relationship With Kamaru Usman

Published 04/24/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Kamaru Usman returns this weekend at UFC 261 as he defends his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will have another fellow African UFC champion along his side in support. He is none other than the newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

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Ngannou and Usman are part of 3 African champions in the UFC alongside middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya. Usman was present last month in Ngannou’s corner as ‘The Predator’ fought Stipe Miocic. Now, the Cameroonian will do his part by helping Usman. The duo shares a very close bonding and refers to the other as “brother.”

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I call him my brother from another mother. Because even though he is not my brother, we are still like brothers, you know. So, that’s something very unique. Something that doesn’t happen many times, basically in the sport,” said Ngannou, shedding light on his relationship with Usman.

Ngannou will be returning the favor to Usman this weekend. It will be interesting to see if Usman can be triumphant too. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ knows a thing or two about his opponent Masvidal as the duo fought at UFC 251 in 2020. What important adjustment Ngannou can help Usman out with, remains to be seen.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Can Kamaru Usman close the rivalry with Jorge Masvidal?

Usman, despite having a previous win over ‘Gamebred‘, wasn’t too satisfied with his previous performance as he believed he didn’t his full arsenal of skills on display last time. He is determined to break Masvidal’s will this time around and showcase his ability as a well-rounded mixed martial artist.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

But Masvidal is no pushover. ‘Gamebred’ is determined to finally become a UFC champion and level the score with Usman in the process. He has already promised a violent fight to the fans. However, he has to fight a perfect fight if he is to dethrone a dominant champion like Usman. Which fighter is able to impose their skill sets the most, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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