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UFC P4P King Kamaru Usman Names This Boxing Legend as His Dream Work Out Partner “Dead or Alive”

Published 05/26/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

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Kamaru Usman, the number one pound-for-pound UFC fighter, recently talked about his dream training partner. He also revealed a UFC champion who would be on his dream fight card. 

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The welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is currently one of the greatest fighters in the promotion. His rise in the division has been exceptional. Moreover, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ has also defeated some of the best fighters in the game on his way to the top.


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Usman’s dominance in the game has made him one of the most talked-about entities in the fight industry. As a result, the welterweight king stays in the headlines even when he is not fighting.

Recently, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ featured on an episode of the famous Men’s Health Gym and Fridge series. Usman talked about his favorite workouts, post-fight meals, and more in the episode.

During the rapid fire round, the Men’s Health interviewer asked the UFC champion, If you could work out with anyone in the world dead or alive, who would it be?” To which Usman replied, “Muhammad Ali.”

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In the following question, the interviewer asked him, Dead or alive, who would be on your dream fight card?” to which Usman answered, Francis Ngannou.”

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The heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali is inarguably one of the greatest combat sports athletes to set foot on earth. Who wouldn’t want to hone his skills with the GOAT if they had a chance?

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is friends with ‘The Predator’ and both have displayed that on several occasions. Also, both are African-born UFC champions. It would make a great draw if they ever fight on the same card. Hence, Usman might have chosen Ngannou.

Kamaru Usman hints he is preparing for the Conor McGregor fight

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is one of the most vicious fighters who has mauled anyone who eyed the belt on his waist. Despite that, the former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor wants to fight Usman for the title.

‘The Notorious’ has fully recovered from the injury he faced in his last bout. He is back to training and eyeing a return soon. Although the Irishman is on a two-fight skid, he wants to fight Usman directly for the 170lbs belt in his return.


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Has UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman Ever Flouted the UFC Rules?

But, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has always snubbed McGregor’s demand. However, he recently hinted that he was preparing for the bout. “I want to be lean but also be able to have the endurance to go five rounds in any given moment.”

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“Because you never know when somebody with a loud mouth maybe an Irish accent might want to try you,” Usman said in the same interview with Men’s Health.


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Written by:

Afnan Chougle


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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.
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