Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has witnessed history after Nigerian-born fighter Kamaru Usman became the first fighter from Africa to walk away with the title.
Nicknamed “Nigerian Nightmare”, Usman earned the coveted welterweight title on Sunday after defeating the four-time defender Tyron Woodleyin the fifth round.
The UFC is the biggest competition in the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and for the 31-year-old fighter, the win has always been a major goal.
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Usman relocated to Arlington, Texas at a young age. There he has managed to win the Ultimate Fighter TV Show back in 2015 and remain undefeated through out his career.
In his recent fight, Usman wore a green short and a white mouth guard to honor his country.
“Nigeria, I have told them, we would do it,” he said. “I told them we never fail. And we have done it today.”