May 11, 1987
Benin City, Nigeria
|Other names||Nigerian Nightmare|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Division||Welterweight (155—170 Ib)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Team||Hard Knocks 365|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division II Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kamarudeen Usman (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He won The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament.
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Usman and his family immigrated to the United States for a better life when he was 8-years-old. After compiling a 53–3 record in high school wrestling, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, and qualifying for the NAIA national meet at William Penn University, 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 at 174 lbs. Additionally, he was also a member of the University World Team for wrestling in 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Professional MMA career
Kamaru Usman made his professional MMA debut in November 2012. He compiled a record of 5–1, competing for several regional promotions before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in early 2015.
The Ultimate Fighter
In February 2015, it was announced that Usman was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Usman faced Hayder Hassan in the finals on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won the bout via submission in the second round. He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Usman was expected to face Santiago Ponzinibbio on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. However, on April 21, Ponzinibbio was pulled from the card due to injury, and he was replaced by Demian Maia. Usman won the fight via unanimous decision.
Kamaru has a brother, Mohammed, who is also a mixed martial artist.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Tournament Winner
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Hayder Hassan
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||13 wins||1 loss|
|Win||13–1||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||5||5:00||Santiago, Chile|
|Win||12–1||Emil Weber Meek||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi||January 14, 2018||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||11–1||Sérgio Moraes||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch||September 16, 2017||1||2:48||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||10–1||Sean Strickland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 210||April 8, 2017||3||5:00||Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Win||9–1||Warlley Alves||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Alexander Yakovlev||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko||July 23, 2016||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||7–1||Leon Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||December 19, 2015||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–1||Hayder Hassan||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015||2||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 21 Welterweight tournament. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||5–1||Marcus Hicks||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 33||July 18, 2014||2||5:00||Allen, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–1||Lenny Lovoto||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 30||April 4, 2014||3||1:04||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||3–1||Steven Rodriguez||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 27||January 31, 2014||1||1:31||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–1||Rashid Abdullah||TKO (punches)||VFC 41||December 14, 2013||1||3:49||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Jose Caceres||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CFA 11||May 24, 2013||1||3:47||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||David Glover||TKO (punches)||RFA 5||November 30, 2012||2||4:50||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Steve Carl||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians||June 17, 2015 (airdate)||2||5:00||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 21 Semifinals round|
|Win||1–0||Michael Graves||Decision (majority)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians||April 22, 2015 (airdate)||2||5:00||Boca Raton, Florida, United States||The Ultimate Fighter 21 Quarterfinals round|
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- "Kamaru". Sherdog. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
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- Marc Raimondi (2015-02-28). "TUF 21 features American Top Team vs. Blackzilians with $500K on the line". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
- Mike Bohn (2015-04-22). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
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- Staff (2017-12-14). "Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
- Ariel Helwani (2018-03-23). "Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kamaru Usman scheduled for UFC Chile main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- "UFC Chile main, co-main events fall apart with Santiago Ponzinibbio, Volkan Oezdemir out". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
- Raphael Marinho (2018-04-26). "Ultimate announces Demian Maia as substitute for Ponzinibbio at UFC Chile". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26. (in Portuguese)
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Kamaru Usman denies Demian Maia takedowns, cruises to decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "Onetime 'TUF' hopeful Kevin Nowaczyk, Kamaru Usman's brother among Victory FC 60 additions". mmajunkie.com. 2018-03-22.