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Kamaru Usman is still UFC Welterweight Champion, beats Jorge Masvidal at ‘UFC 251’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal (©UFC)

Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal (©UFC)

Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, 33, is still the welterweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Fighting out of Nigeria by way of Delray Beach, Florida, United States, the Nigerian-American mixed martial artist successfully defended his title at “UFC 251.”

Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 251” took place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 11, 2020 (or July 12, 2020 in the UAE). In the main event, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 35, of Miami, Florida challenged Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship belt.

Marc Goddard served as the referee. After five five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges.

Two judges scored it 50-45 while one judge also saw it 49-16 all in favor of the same fighter. In the end, Goddard raised the hand of Usman, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “UFC 251” improved Usman’s professional MMA record to 17 wins and 1 loss. The Nigerian-American MMA fighter is now riding a 16-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Masvidal now has 35 wins and 14 losses. Usman is the seventh athlete to defeat the Cuban-Peruvian-American MMA fighter in the UFC.

 

Including Nigeria and the U.S., 12 countries were represented at “UFC 251.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland.

Usman solely represented Nigeria. He and Masvidal were two of the six fighters who represented the U.S.

 

Born in Auchi, Nigeria on May 11, 1987, Usman was 8 years old when he and his family moved to U.S. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2012 and joined the UFC since 2015.

On March 2, 2019, Usman became the new UFC Welterweight Champion at “UFC 235” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, USA on March 2, 2019. He dethroned then champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 37, of the U.S.

Including Woodley and Masvidal, Usman defeated all of his 12 opponents in the UFC from 2015 to 2019. The other 11 were Hayder “Hulk” Hassan, 37, Sean “Tarzan” Strickland, 28, and Colby Covington, 31, of the U.S..; Leon “Rocky” Edwards, 28, of England; Alexander “The Thunder of the North” Yakovlev, 35, of Russia; Warlley Alves, 28, Sergio “The Panther” Moraes, 37, Demian Maia, 42, and Rafael dos Anjos, 35, of Brazil and Emil “Valhalla” Meek, 31, of Norway.

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