The Presidency has congratulated US-based Nigerian boxer Kamaru Usman for winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight belt.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, congratulated the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ who defeated long-reigning champion American Tyron Woodley in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Dabiri-Erewa, said in a congratulatory letter to Usman, released by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Monday in Abuja, that the victory was not only for Nigeria, but the whole of Africa being the first African fighter to win a UFC title.
“I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning this fight not only for Nigeria but for the African continent.
“We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage.
“Your shining beacon serves as an inspiration to the Youths of Nigeria, ”Dabiri-Erewa said.
The Presidential aide urged Usman to continue to use his God-given talent to benefit mankind, especially African youths in the Diaspora.
Nigeria is particularly honoured with the post-tournament statement credited to Usman where he said, “Nigeria, I have told them, we will do it, I told them we never fail. And we have done it today,”.
The UFC is the biggest competition in MMA, where competitors combine boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and other disciplines while fighting in an octagonal cage.
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.
Usman was born in Nigeria but left Benin City for Arlington in Texas as a young child when his family migrated to the U.S.