Kamaru Usman Becomes First African UFC Champion

Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman beat America’s Tyron Woodley to become the first African fighter to win a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.

Usman, known as the “Nigerian Nightmare”, dominated the Las Vegas contest for the welterweight title from start to finish winning via unanimous decision, capturing scores of 50-44, 50-44, and 50-45.

The UFC is the biggest competition in MMA, where competitors combine boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and other disciplines while fighting in an octagonal cage.

Usman, 31, produced the performance of his career to dominate long-reigning welterweight champion Woodley.

Usman connected on 336 strikes versus 60 and dropped the elite wrestler with two takedowns. He extends his winning streak to 14 and maintained his unbeaten record in the UFC.

In a victory speech Usman gave a moving tribute to Woodley, saying his name has to be mentioned in the history of the tourney as one of the greatest.

He also shared a emotional moment with his daughter saying, “I want you to remember this day forever. Daddy did it.”

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