Kamaru Usman McGregor wouldn't want to fight the Nigerian Nightmare

Although he left the shores of Nigeria at the age of five, Usman still fully identifies with his country of birth.

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Kamaru Usman play Kamaru Usman is a Nigerian in the UFC who has now caught the eye. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Remember the scene in the epic movie 'Troy' where Achilles played by Brad Pitt fought and killed Hector outside of the city which the movie is named after and screamed ‘is there no one else’!

That scene would play in your head when you hear Kamaru Usman's speech after he defeated Sergio Moraes in an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight up-and-comers bout inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Listen, anybody, in that welterweight division that thinks they want this, you know you don’t cause I’m a problem. I’m a problem in that division. Anybody, who wants this fight,” he boasted in his post-bout interview.

 

The clip of him brash talking about his victory over Moraes has been wildly circulated on Nigerian Twitter, bringing him to the attention of Nigerians.

Background

Usman is a Nigerian mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC.  Born in Benin City, Nigeria, his family moved to the United States when he was 5-years-old.

He started wrestling in high school where he finished with a 53-3 record qualifying for the NAIA national meet at William Penn University.

Kamaru Usman play Kamaru Usman moved to the United States when he was five and has been fighting since he was in high school (Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

He later transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he excelled in wrestling, helping the school to their first first-ever overall team title in 2008.

In 2010, he won the 2010 NCAA Division II national title at 174 lbs.

MMA and UFC

Usman made his professional MMA debut in November 2012 before making the move to the UFC in 2015.

He was selected to compete in the Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians in February 2015 which he won. 

What’s next for him?

Usman is gradually gaining the reputation as a ruthless fighter in the UFC. Although he was considered the underdog prior to his bout with Moraes, the Nigerian-American fighter  was very aggressive, attacking his Brazilian opponent before he got him with a powerful right-hand shot on the chin.

It was his interview after that utterly violent performance that has caught the eye of Nigerians on Twitter.

Sergio Moraes and Kamaru Usman play Following Kamaru Usman's win over Sergio Moraes, the Nigerian is poised to get an elite opposition (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

His six-bout winning streak is the longest in UFC WW Division.

Usman who calls himself the 'Nigerian Nightmare' is expected to be a title challenger very soon. 

He is expected to get a top five opponent for his next bout and is already calling out Rafael dos Anjos in his post-fight interview, as he aims for the division elite.

McGregor?

Conor McGregor is the most popular UFC star in Nigeria and the lay-man question has been 'when will he fight Usman?

The fight will never happen unless McGregor makes another unexpected cross-over, this time to another class.

McGregor in featherweight is some classes below Usman who is a welterweight fighter.

The Nigerian Nightmare in an interview  on Top Radio said McGregor will never attempt to fight in his class.

Unapologetically Nigerian

Kamaru Usman play Kamaru Usman fully identities with Nigeria and wants to return to training local MMA fighters (Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

Although he left the shores of Nigeria at the age of five, Usman still fully identifies with his country of birth.

Naija we don land, dem say I nor fit do am, I go show dem say lai lai,  Naija nor dey carry last,” he said in the Twitter video.

For his fights, Usman enters the arena with the Nigerian flag draped over him. For his fight against Sergio Moraes, he is dancing to 'Wo', a song by Nigerian rapper Olamide as he entered the ring.

He speaks a little Yoruba.

The 29-year-old also has plans of coming back to invest  and develope MMA in Nigeria.

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