Mohammed Usman Says Kamaru Usman Compelled Him to Pick PFL Over UFC

Published 05/07/2021, 10:57 AM EDT


Mohammed Usman was choked unconscious in his PFL debut by David Sayles. Mohammed happens to be the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

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‘The Motor’ couldn’t get a win in his promotional debut as he would have planned but he will look to make a comeback sometime soon.

Ahead of the fight, Mohammed emphasized how his brother, Kamaru, helped him chose PFL over the likes of UFC and Bellator.

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We sat down and thought about it, You don’t ever make a decision just to do it, we have to think everything through before we make a decision and it’s a family decision.

“We actually sat down and worked it out and talked about it and he’s the one that told me it was a great decision,” he said.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I felt good about it, I felt confident about it because I’m still growing in my athletic career as an MMA fighter, so PFL gives you the platform to still grow and the platform that they have and the season format was perfect for me. I really like how they do that and that ultimately decided it for me,” he added.

I did kind of get criticism, because a lot of fans that don’t really know fighting just think of UFC as fighting,” said the Nigerian fighter as he faced criticism for not choosing the UFC.

Mohammed says Kamaru Usman made him understand the financial side

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People don’t know this is like any other profession. You go where they’re gonna pay you good. You’re not gonna go just because of the name, like Puma’s gonna give me $10 million and I’m gonna go to Nike just because of the name and they’re gonna give me $100,000. At the end of the day it was a business decision and I’m happy to be here,” said Mohammed.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Nigerian Nightmare‘ has been fighting at the biggest of stages for a long time now. So, it’s evident that his understanding of how the business works is much better than that of fans.

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