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Nigeria, A Dominant Force in The UFC

The record has been made as Kamaru Usman, popularly known as “The Nigerian Nightmare,” wins his 13th streak of UFC welterweight fight breaking George St-Pierre’s record for the most victories at 170 pounds.

Kamaru is presently three wins away from tying Anderson Silva’s 16 straight records and is tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the second-most wins cycle at the start of a UFC career.

Usman’s win against Gilbert Burns last week in the third round solidifies his status as the first African-born champion in UFC history. Kamarudeen Usman “Kamaru” was born on the 11th of May.

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He is a Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, formerly a freestyle wrestler and folkstyle wrestler. He was born in Auchi, Nigeria to his mother, who is a teacher, and his father who was in the Nigerian Army.

Bowie High School in Arlington was the starting platform of his wrestling career during his sophomore year. In 2011 he failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials but made his MMA debut in November 2021.

Usman is a force to reckon with; known for his unique wrestling style and mental endurance, he is on the way to becoming one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time.

Isreal Adesanya, The LastStyle Bender
Isreal Adesanya, The LastStyle Bender

“The Laststyle Bender” cannot be overlooked, Isreal Mobolaji Temitayo Odunayo Oluwafemi Owolabi Adesanya was born on the 22nd of July 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the eldest of five children born to his father, an accountant, and his mother, a Nurse.

At the age of ten, he moved with his family to New Zealand and attended Rotorua Boys’ High School, Japanese animes such as Death Rider, and Naruto were his interests. The heavy bullying he experienced in school led to his pursuit of martial arts later on.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Design at the Universal College of Learning Whanganui at the age of 18, Adesanya began kickboxing training, moving to professional fighting in China. By age 21, he moved to Auckland to begin his career in Kickboxing training under Eugene Bareman alongside other future UFC fighters.

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Adesanya is the undefeated Middleweight Champion beating out tops fighters like Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, Yoel Romero, and Paulo Costa. Presently he has a 20-0-0 winning streak.

To say he is the man everyone wants to watch will be nothing short of the truth. With an excellent mic ability and catchy dance moves, Isreal is a well-rounded entertainer backing up his words with blazing wins.

He has moved up the weight division to light Heavyweight to take on the reigning champion Jan Blachowicz in March this year. All eyes are on this match, as Isreal has proven time and time again that winning is more than just about muscles but about skill and technique.

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