Kamaru Usman || Breakdown • Skill Study • Highlights •
Kamarudeen Usman (30 years old) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who won The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament.
The Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman, much like fellow countryman of the same moniker Christian Okeye (NFL Running Back 1987-92). Is a mixed martial artist who is seemingly feared among peers. With many a tale of top 15 ranked UFC fighters refusing (ducking) to fight Usman. The wrestling phenom with ever improving striking and submissions is a force with a future at 170 lbs. His power, size (6’0″ w/ a 76″ reach) and speed / athleticism make for a terrifying yet improving welterweight.
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Usman and his family moved to the United States when he was 8-years-old. After compiling a 53–3 record in high school wrestling, Usman’s wrestling career took off after transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors all three years he attended. And helped the school win its first-ever overall team title in 2008. In his senior season, he won the 2010 NCAA Division II national title.
In this assessment of his skill set (though not in any order), I will be demonstrating how he is akin to Georges St-Pierre in reverse.
Rather than polite and soft-spoken or admittedly nervous, Usman is brash and fearless. Whereas GSP went from striker to improving to the best wrestler in MMA, Kamaru is going from wrestler to striker, slowly but surely.
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