Kamaru Usman Says He Is Unaffected by ‘Boos or Cheers’

Published 04/25/2021, 10:00 AM 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 and Jorge Masvidal competed in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The pair fought for the UFC Welterweight belt at the UFC 261 main-event. Usman successfully defended the belt after he knocked out Masvidal in the second round of the fight.

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Before the fight, many fans booed Usman while he made his way to the ring. Therefore, during the post-fight press conference, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was talking about the same.

Yeah, doesn’t make any difference, I competed in a gym with maybe 10 people, wrestling for years. You know, and I’ve done it in front of a sold-out crowd at the T Mobile Arena, you know, and breaking someone’s jaw.”

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The booing or cheering of crowds does not affect great fighters. They keep a calm head and concentrate on the task at hand. Usman seems to be crafted off the same block, as he clarified, “So boos or cheers don’t really you know make a difference to me. I just have to go out there, be a professional, do my job and that’s what I do best.”

What happened in the fight between Kamaru Usman and Masvidal?

The UFC 261 event was being touted to be the best MMA event of the year, and the event really lived up to all the expectations. While we got to see a plethora of glorious moments throughout the show, they clearly saved the best for the last.

Kamaru Usman showed the world why he is the Welterweight champion and is often considered one of the greatest of all times. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ made his fifth successful title defense after he knocked out Masvidal in round 2.

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This fight was a rematch between the two fighters. They had earlier competed at the UFC 251 event, where Usman had defeated Masvidal via a unanimous decision. However, during the buildup to the fight, ‘Gamebred’ was talking about how he did not get enough time to prepare for the first fight.

Therefore, the dominance that Usman showed even after Masvidal had gone through an entire training camp was outstanding. The fighter was on top throughout the fight via his takedowns and ground control. However, the most surprising thing for Masvidal was Usman’s striking ability.

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Usman clearly showed why he was considered the best welterweight in the world, and we can’t wait to see ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ get back in the ring.

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Paras Pande

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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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