Kamaru Usman Says He’s Been Knocked Out Only Once In His Entire Career – Reveals The Name

Published 06/17/2021, 12:38 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles 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)


The current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has never been knocked out in his professional MMA career. The only professional loss he suffered was via submission (rear-naked choke) early in his career. However, he has been dropped only once in a sparring session.

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has a mindset of an elite MMA athlete. He is a type of fighter who will keep moving forward even when his opponents are landing hard blows. He will always keep moving forward and get the job done.

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In a recent episode of the True Geordie podcast, Geordie asked Usman about his mindset when he gets clipped by his opponent. That is when he revealed the name of the UFC fighter who dropped him in a sparring session.

Usman said – “I have been dropped one time. One time in my career, practice, competition, I have been dropped one time. It was when one of my teammates, a fellow UFC Fighter, lightweight actually, Michael Johnson.

“As we were sparring, he was landing shots. He was kicking me in certain places, and I was feeling the pain… I kept trying to pull my head out and getaway, and he clipped me, he dropped me”.

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Michael Johnson – The one who dropped Kamaru Usman

Michael Johnson is a UFC lightweight contender with a professional MMA record of 20-17. Out of his 20 victories, Johnson has claimed eight via T/KO and two via submissions. 

The 34-year-old has a reach of 73.50″ and a leg reach of 41″. ‘The Menace’ stands tall at 5’10”. Furthermore, Johnson has a 38% significant strike accuracy, 45% takedown accuracy, and 77% takedown defense.

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Johnson has defeated many elite athletes in his professional MMA career. He holds notable victories over Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson, and more. 

Michael Johnson himself is an elite MMA athlete. A sparring session with him probably helped Kamaru Usman for his MMA career. 

Were you shocked to know who dropped Kamaru Usman? 

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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