Kamaru Usman Conquers His Snake Phobia as He Befriends a Black Mamba

Published 02/26/2021, 11:54 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has set off 2021 with a stellar title defense, and he’s not slowing down. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ took to social media and shared an image grab that certainly leaves little to the imagination. Chiefly, Usman conquered a fear shared by many as it relates to snakes, a rather large one in this case.

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Usman seems to be embodying a ‘guts and glory’ approach to not just his MMA career, but also his personal life. Not to mention, the moniker ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ takes a new meaning when looking at the reptile in question.

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Kamaru Usman’s latest post has undoubtedly riveted fans, and in all likelihood a fair share of his fellow fighters.

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UFC welterweight kingpin: Kamaru Usman

Phobia conquering aside, Kamaru Usman has begun a crusade to pick up the mantle of being the welterweight GOAT. Moreover, he strengthened his case at UFC 258 when he defended his belt for the third time. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ toppled his friend and former teammate, Gilbert Burns, to win an emphatic TKO in the third round.

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Chiefly, the win came off the back of some adversity as ‘Durinho’ Burns managed to rock Usman early in their fight. However, the champion displayed his insane toughness and went on to secure the finish. The victory came after Kamaru Usman began landing picture-perfect jabs that lit up Burns who had no meaningful answer.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Usman has begun looking unstoppable as he begins his ascent towards the top of the P4P list in the organization. Furthermore, he’s crossed Georges St-Pierre for an all-time win divisional wins streak and sits only behind Anderson Silva. Not to mention, he’s never been knocked down or taken down in any meaningful capacity throughout his run.

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is staring down the barrel of UFC greatness and has already set to rematch opponents. It’s a matter of time before Usman is being mentioned as an all-time great, not just within the capacity of the welterweight division. He’ll look to get more title defenses under his belt as that’s the area ‘GSP’ has him beaten.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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