The world have heard of many Nigerians in Boxing and mostly recently, Mixed Martial Art especially UFC. Recently so many Nigerians are taking the center stage in UFC, MMA, and boxing niche.
We have listed top 10 Nigerians, mostly in world title shot, in fighting business.
1. KAMARUDEEN USMAN
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the current UFC Welterweight Champion after beating Tyron Woodley at the UFC 235 on March 2nd 2019. Usman is also the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament.
Usman was born in Benin City, Nigeria. His father was in the Nigerian army. Usman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 8 years old. He started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. After compiling a 53-3 record in high school wrestling, Usman wrestled alongside Jon Jones at the senior national tournament before leaving for college.
After high school, Usman wrestled at William Penn University for one year, where he was an NAIA national qualifier. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors all three years he attended UNK and helped the school win its first-ever overall team title in 2008. In his senior season, he won the NCAA Division II national title at 174 lbs in 2010. Additionally, he was also a member of the University World Team for freestyle wrestling in 2010. He was known in wrestling circles as Marty. Usman has a brother, Mohammed, who is also a mixed martial artist. Former NFL star Christian Okoye, who has the nickname “The Nigerian Nightmare” trademarked, gave his blessing for Usman to use it.
Born: 11 May 1987 (age 31 years), Auchi
Height: 1.83 m
Weight: 77 kg
Reach: 76 in (193 cm)
Team: Hard Knocks 365