- Kamaru Usman is set to take on Gilbert Burns as he defends his title for a third time
- The bout between the 'Nigerian nightmare' and 'Durinho promises' to be a global show-stopper
- Kamaru has won 17 of his 18 matches while Burns has won 19 and lost 3
History will be made in the early hours of Sunday, February 14, 2021, as 33-year-old Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, Kamarudeen Usman takes on Brazilian sensation Gilbert Burns.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” is set to defend his title for a third time the Bradilian star in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas, USA.
He retained his UFC welterweight championship following a unanimous point decision win over Jorge Masvidal.
The Nigerian Nightmare successfully defended his belt last year as he dominated most part of the rounds with his unique wrestling ability.
Ranked No.1 and Black belt ranker in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Kamaru, takes on three-time World Champion, UFC ranked No.3 Burns.
With statistics as at July 14, 2020, putting him at No.5 in the UFC men's Pound-for-Pound rankings; Usman has fought in 18 matches in the Mixed Martial Arts; won 17 (of which 7 were by knockouts, 1 by submission and 9 by decision) and lost just one.
He secured a triple year win in the NCAA Division II Wrestling All-American (174 lbs) from 2008 to 2010.
It is a sport in which he has excelled in to be a favourite in this superbly highly-anticipated showdown; and should he win this fight, it will be the longest ever win-streak in the Welterweight division.
In 2019, Kamaru Usman walked into the octagon like a warrior and proved he is one with an awe-inspiring performance that will go down as one of the best in the history of UFC.
The Nigerian nightmare was on breath-taking form as he defeated his US challenger Colby Covington on Sunday morning, December 15 that year, through a brutal knock-out to retain his UFC welterweight belt.
Usman became the undisputed UFC welterweight champ earlier this year with a defeat of American fighter and actor Tyron Woodley.
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