Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman has become the first African fighter to win an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.
Concise News reports that Usman won the mixed martial arts (MMA) bout against American Tyron Woodley.
The fighter, known as the “Nigerian Nightmare”, dominated the Las Vegas contest for the welterweight title.
Usman, 31, produced the performance of his career to dominate long-reigning welterweight champion Woodley.
He extended his winning streak to 14 and maintained his unbeaten record in the UFC.
In his post-match press conference he revealed that before the match he had fractured his foot and had been walking around in a supportive boot all week.
He started off the press conference by greeting journalists in Arabic before switching to Pidgin.
“Nigeria, I have told them, we would do it, I told them we never fail. And we have done it today,” he said in Pidgin.
Usman was born in Nigeria, but left Benin City for Arlington in Texas as a young child when his family migrated to the US.
Recall that in February, New Zealand-Nigerian born Isreal Adesanya comfortably out-point Brazilian legend Anderson Silva in Melbourne, Australia.
Elevated to the main event at UFC 234 after champion Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from his defence against Kelvin Gastelum with a severe abdominal injury, Adesanya delivered a Fight of the Night performance to extend his unbeaten record to 16-0 (5-0 in the UFC).
The 29-year-old never looked in any serious danger against Silva, prevailing in a tactical battle to win 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 on the judges’ scorecards.