Kamaru Usman Ethnicity- Where is He From?

Published 04/23/2021, 12:42 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The continent of Africa is the richest in terms of minerals and resources. However, the continent has offered the world more than just resources. Nigeria is home to two of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman.


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The two fighters are just a weight class apart. However, they share no rivalry. They treat each other like brothers, and they love their country.

Usman was born in Nigeria in Auchi. However, his father took his family and moved to the United States when Usman was 8 as he was struggling with the conditions and Benin City.


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Usman’s parents are both Nigerian, and his father was in the Nigerian army. He also has two brothers, and one of them is pursuing mixed martial arts as well.

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)

Usman’s father, Mohammad Usman, started a career in the medical industry. However, he was arrested on a series of fraud charges and spent 10 years in prison.

The welterweight champion has said that these claims were false and that his father had committed no crimes that should’ve landed him in prison.

Amazingly, Usman made it out of that troubled childhood and became the welterweight champion of the world. He started wrestling in high school and never looked back.

He had suffered setbacks in his career, too, after he couldn’t make it to the American Olympic team for freestyle wrestling. However, he has left all that behind him and is now breaking records in the UFC.

Kamaru Usman and his rematch against Jorge Masvidal

Usman will now face the UFC BMF champion Jorge Masvidal for the second time to defend his belt in the main event of UFC 261.

The Nigerian Nightmare dominated their first fight and won the fight via unanimous decision. However, Masvidal had taken the fight on short notice and was completely spent soon after the first bell sounded.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria kicks 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)

However, in the aftermath of the fight, Gamebred refused to take his foot off the gas and kept calling Usman out, referring to a lack of training camp as the primary reason behind his loss.


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This angered Usman and rightly so. The Welterweight kingpin took this fight in a bid to silence Masvidal once and for all. Usman has promised a knockout victory to his friend, Francis Ngannou. It will be fascinating to see if the fans get to see it.


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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.