Kamaru Usman

Nigerian Nightmare

Nigeria

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Injury Hand
Est. Return 8/6/2022
Still rehabbing hand injury
WelterweightUFC
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May 11, 2022
Usman has progressed to making light contact with his injured hand but remains unwilling to place a timeline on his return, he told MMAJunkie.com in an interview.
ANALYSIS
Usman also elaborated a bit on his injury, stating that it has to do with tendons on top of the knuckles. It appears he and his camp will continue to take it slow and will avoid setting a date for his next welterweight title defense, presumably against Leon Edwards later in 2022.
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Again solves Colby Covington
WelterweightUFC
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November 6, 2021
Usman successfully defended his UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Colby Covington via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) at UFC 268 in New York City.
ANALYSIS
This appeared as if it would be a cake walk for Usman after he dominated Covington in each of the first two rounds, but Colby roared back to make this a highly competitive fight over the course of the final 15 minutes. The biggest moments of the fight came in Round 2, when Usman scored a pair of knockdowns on Covington. Colby was lucky to survive and somehow not a single judge scored the frame a 10-8 in favor of Usman. Things got a bit more hairy for Kamaru as the fight progressed, with Colby landing more and more on the feet, and Usman appearing a bit tired and slow in his movements. Yet once the final bell hit, there was no doubt who would be taking the decision. Usman is probably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world at the moment. He has won 19 fights in a row, including all 15 of his UFC bouts. Usman won the UFC Welterweight Championship from Tyron Woodley in March 2019 and has gone on to successfully defend it five straight times, an unheard of number in today's age of MMA. Covington is likely the second best welterweight in the world, but Usman has now beaten him twice, meaning his next challenger will be someone else. Possible opponents for Usman include Leon Edwards -- who will be facing Jorge Masvidal next month -- or Khamzat Chimaev, who has been unstoppable since arriving on the scene in July 2020.
Meeting Covington for title fight
WelterweightUFC
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July 26, 2021
Usman will take on Colby Covington for the welterweight title at UFC 268 in November, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After Usman was able to defend his title back in April against Jorge Masvidal, UFC President Dana White said that Colby Covington would be next up for a title shot. The two of them fought back in 2019 where Usman was victorious. The "Nigerian Nightmare" will be looking to push his career MMA record to 20-1 with another title defense.
Cruises to another title defense
WelterweightUFC
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April 24, 2021
Usman successfully retained his UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Jorge Masvidal via KO (punch) at 1:02 of Round 2 at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
If he wasn't there before, and he should have been, this performance will cement Usman's status as one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Masvidal is known for his elite striking and legendary durability, but Usman knocked him out cold with one of the most perfectly placed shots you will ever see. He also connected on both of his takedown attempts. All in all, it was easily enough to earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Usman's greatest attribute is his physicality. He's a true middleweight fighting in the welterweight division and the results reflect that. Everyone -- other than Khabib Nurmagomedov -- loses in this sport eventually, but it's going to take a heroic effort for someone to get the belt off Kamaru at 170 pounds. UFC President Dana White has already announced that Colby Covington is next in line for a title shot. Usman and Covington fought back in December 2019, with Usman winning via knockout late in Round 5. Colby was doing fairly well in that fight prior to the stoppage. Usman is going to be favored if that bout comes to fruition, but Covington has the skill set to make it competitive.
Booked for headliner at UFC 261
WelterweightUFC
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March 15, 2021
Usman (foot) will take on Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 261 on April 24, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Usman successfully retained his UFC Welterweight Championship in February when he defeated Gilbert Burns via TKO (punches) at UFC 258, but he sustained a right foot injury during the fight. He'll be able to return to the Octagon just over two months later in a rematch against Masvidal. Masvidal's last fight was in July 2020, when he lost to Usman via unanimous decision at UFC 251. Usman has slight advantages in both height and reach.
Possible medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
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February 17, 2021
Usman has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a right foot injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Usman successfully retained his UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday when he defeated Gilbert Burns via TKO (punches) at UFC 258, but he apparently didn't escape unscathed. The 32-year-old will be sidelined at least 30 days due to a right foot injury, and he'll need to submit a clean X-ray in order to avoid a six-month suspension. If his X-ray comes back positive, he must be cleared by a doctor if he hopes to return to the Octagon prior to Aug. 13.