Kamaru Usman Details His Psyche of ‘Walking Into the Fire’

Published 06/17/2021, 2:30 PM 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 dominating Welterweight fighters of all time. He is the current Welterweight champion with the longest 14 fight win streak in UFC Welterweight history. Usman is undefeated in the UFC with an overall MMA record of 19 wins and 1 loss.

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Whenever Kamaru Usman enters the octagon, he never fails to live up to his nickname of ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. He has a total of four title defenses in his ongoing career and has been haunting the Welterweight division since his arrival in the UFC.

So how Kamaru Usman turns into ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ when he enters the octagon?

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In a recent podcast session with True Geordie, Usman details his psyche of fighting. Kamaru Usman said, “Psychologically when two guys mano a mano were exchanging punches. You exchanging punches with this man I want you to let me know that my punches are hurting you. That my punches are affecting you. My punches are doing something to you psychologically that you don’t wanna be in this fight anymore.”

Usman continues, ” And when you don’t back up and you don’t let me know that and you don’t show me that. So I hit you and you step forward into the fire even more. That is just disrespect to me and it lets me know that my punches don’t do enough to you to hurt you. Or to make you back down from me. So that’s just a mental superiority that I think I show these guys. Yes, everybody hits hard I understand that but I am willing to die.”

Kamaru Usman in the conversation of becoming the G.O.A.T

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ does not back down from any challenge put in front of him. Time and time again his character has been tested by multiple opponents but none of them were able to break his will. Many fans believe the Nigerian is already in the conversation of becoming the greatest Welterweight of all time. As of now, many people regard the French Canadian retired fighter Georges St-Pierre as the G.O.A.T but if Usman keeps performing the same way, then maybe in the upcoming year he will leave us with nothing to debate about.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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He is already the number two ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC roster. So while chancing the Welterweight G.O.A.T status he could also end up becoming the pound-for-pound number, which will get his name into another debate of being the all-time G.O.A.T with respect to all the divisions.

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Do you think one-day Kamaru Usman will earn the G.O.A.T status?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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