‘He Wanted a Better Life for Us’- Kamaru Usman Opens Up on His Father

Published 06/21/2021, 10:16 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman is the reigning UFC welterweight champion and has been so for over years. The fighter has often proved why he is considered one of the best fighters of the era. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is very successful today and has achieved much success in every aspect of life.

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Recently the fighter talked about the same, and how he credits his father for everything. Usman talks about how his father always wanted a better life for them and was an ambitious man.

Usman said, ‘”Yeah, that ties into taking pride in who you are as a man, and your family, and what you provide for them. He truly wanted a better life for us. So dealing with the circumstances that we were dealing with in Nigeria, yes, they weren’t the worst. But my dad saw a better life, he had ambition.” 

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“He was able to act on that and elevate us and immigrate us to America to where now we are able to do bigger and better than would have presented to us and afforded to us in Nigeria. Now the position I am in, and looking back, all I have is to thank him for giving me the opportunity to be able to exercise and get to this level.” 

While there is no denying the fact that Usman’s hard work has helped him reach where he is, it is great to see the fighter loving and acknowledging what his father has done for him and his family.

What next for Kamaru Usman?

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ last fought in the UFC against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261. Usman won that fight comfortably, winning via a second round KO. This was Usman’s fourth title defense in a row. Ever since his victory, many have been speculating about who would possibly face the champion next.

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While there were a few names that were being discussed as Usman’s next opponent, Colby Covington is almost certain to challenge ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ for the title. Although the fight hasn’t been made official yet, this rematch between the two talented fighters would be a treat to watch.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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