Kamaru Usman Sheds Light on Special Hand Device to Stop His Injury Troubles as He Offers UFC Return Update

Published 03/01/2022, 6:36 AM EST

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time. The fact that he stands first in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings only adds to this argument.

The fighter certainly does justice to his moniker, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare,’ and is definitely a nightmare for any welterweight opponent, especially Colby Covington. Kamaru Usman has taken on ‘Chaos’ twice and has beaten him both times. To date, he continues to be Usman’s biggest rival.

In his last bout against ‘Chaos’, Usman suffered an arm injury which has kept him sidelined from training and fighting. In a recent interview, Usman revealed that he uses a device that restricts movement in his arm to help him heal quicker.


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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ said,” I’m moving it well but there’s limits to it. So right here I kind of have this device here to stop me from extending it too much. Because I did have the tendon repaired, what, almost two weeks now? And so I don’t want to go too fast and re-injure it. So this is keeping it there and then I’m gonna start physical therapy this week… hopefully get back to what I like to do.”

Usman received surgery for his injured hand after his bout against Covington. Even though he walked away with the injury, he absolutely dominated Colby for the majority of the bout. His bout against Covington at UFC 268 marked his fifth successful title defense.


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What’s next for Kamaru Usman?


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Usman has beaten every opponent he has ever faced in the UFC octagon. His next opponent will most likely be Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 06: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria prepares to fight Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Edwards is currently on a nine-fight win streak and has overcome some of the top rankings, in the welterweight division. Edwards has already fought Usman once in 2015 and lost via decision. However, ever since then, both fighters have come a long way.


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Do you think ‘Rocky‘ has what it takes to beat the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.