Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman Becomes First African To Win A UFC Title
Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman became the first African-born fighter to win a UFC title after defeating Tyron Woodley in a one-sided bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Usman, 31, broke into the UFC in 2015 after impressing in the NCAA Division II.
Usman won his first 8 fights including another one-sided battering of ex-champ Rafael Dos Anjos last November to earn his shot at Woodley’s belt.
Woodley (19-4-1) had been the UFC’s 170-pound champ since July 2016. He has defended the title four times, but Usman (15-1) started well and earned himself his first title.
After the victory, Usman who celebrated the in with his daughter said: “Can’t nobody handle me,
“I’ve been wanting this fight, and I’ll be honest, I might not be the best striker in the world. I might not be the best wrestler in the world. But when it comes to mixing this (stuff) up, I’m the best in the world right now.”
Usman triumphed with a unanimous decision, winning 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third.