VIDEO: Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas Celebrate After UFC 261 Victories

Published 04/29/2021, 6:00 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight throne at UFC 261 as he knocked out Jorge Masvidal emphatically. Also, Rose Namajunas became the new UFC strawweight champion after her sensational head kick knockout win over Weili Zhang in the co-main event.

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Both Usman and Namajunas train under the guidance of Trevor Wittman. Needless to say, that has been working for the duo. Usman seems like a rejuvenated version of himself with his improved striking; ‘Thug Rose’ looked better than ever against Weili.

The teammates met each 0ther backstage after their fights and they celebrated together.

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In the video, ‘Thug’ praised Usman for his fight-ending punch against ‘Gamebred’. Usman appreciated Namajunas’s kick as well as he smiled and said, “That kick though!”

Namajunas’s kick was a thing of beauty as it caught ‘Magnum’ by surprise and put her down. It was yet another moment of brilliance from ‘Thug’ in a career full of them.

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Usman’s knockout was as brutal as one can imagine. What’s even more impressive was the fact that it was against a striker like Masvidal, who had never been knocked out ahead of UFC 261. Masvidal’s T/KO loss to Rodrigo Damm in 2008 was controversial, as the fight shouldn’t have been stopped by any means.

Usman is now on a 14-fight winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has also defended his belt four times. Namajunas created her own piece of history too as she became the first woman to regain the belt she once held.

What’s next for Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas?

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Usman is expected to face Colby Covington next in a rematch. Yet another win over ‘Chaos‘ will further add to Usman’s claims of being the greatest welterweight of all time. This fight will be a treat as many believe Covington is the toughest test for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ in the 170 lbs division. Their first fight is a testament to the same.

As for Namajunas, many expect her to face Zhang in an immediate rematch. However, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is also looking to get another crack at the gold. Furthermore, with contenders like Yan Xiaonan and Carla Esparza looming large, it remains to be seen who the UFC books ‘Thug‘ against next.

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What do you think is next for Rose Namajunas?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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