Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman: Wins, Losses, and more

This post covers Kamaru Usman’s personal life and career, with emphasis on his achievements in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).


  • Born in Auchi, Edo, Nigeria, on May 11, 1987
  • An alumnus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), Kearney, Nebraska, USA
  • Fights out of Denver, Colorado, USA
  • A former UFC Welterweight Champion and ‘2021’ Ultimate Fighter tournament winner.

Who is Kamaru Usman?

Kamarudeen Usman, popularly known as Kamaru Usman and The Nigerian Nightmare, is a Nigerian-American middleweight MMA fighter that competes in the UFC Middleweight division. He has also participated in collegiate wrestling and fought as a freestyle wrestler. Kamaru Usman currently stands tall at 6’ 0” and weighs 84 kg. He is a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

Kamaru Usman UFC fighter

He played the role of a naval officer in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), which was a guest star appearance.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Kamaru Usman was born in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria, on May 11, 1987. He practices Islam, even though his father is Muslim and his mother is Christian. He had a modest upbringing, as his mother was a teacher, while his father, Muhammed Nasiru Usman, served in the Nigerian Army as a major. Kamaru Usman has two brothers, of which one, Mohammed Usman, is also a Mixed Martial Art (MMA) artist and among the top Africans fighting in the UFC.

Kamaru Usman MMA fighter

Unlike Kamarudeen, Mohammed is a UFC fighter in the Heavyweight division and were the first brothers to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Their other brother is Kashetu Usman, which does an entirely different job.

Their father is a pharmacist in the United States, which led to their relocation to Dallas, Texas, when he was eight years old. His father had once undergone convictions for several crimes, such as theft, money laundering, health care fraud, and drunk driving. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment until March 16, 2021.

Kamarudeen started his university education at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and subsequently transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). He keeps his relationship private and is reportedly married to Eleslie Dietzsch, a Brazilian born in 1986. Usman has a daughter, Samirah Usman, born in 2014.


Kamaru Usman was the wrestling coach in the fight between “Team Bisping and Team Miller“ in The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen in 2011. He didn’t qualify for the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials as a freestyle wrestler and his professional debut as a MMA fighter in November 2012.

Kamaru Usman MMA UFC

His trainer in grappling is Jorge Santiago, while his current trainer is Trevor Wittman, the founder of ONX Sports, a combat sports equipment company.

Kamaru Usman has won 20 MMA fights as of the time of writing this article; ten of which were by decision, nine by knockout, and one by submission. As regards his losses, he has lost four MMA matches, in which one was by decision and one by submission.

Kamaru Usman’s UFC Fight Record

The table below shows Kamarudeen’s MMA match record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC):

Fight DateOpponentEventRecordTypeFight Location
October 21, 2023Khamzat ChimaevUFC 294Loss (20–4)Decision (majority)Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
March 18, 2023Leon EdwardsUFC 286Loss (20–3)Decision (majority)London, England
August 20, 2022Leon EdwardsUFC 278Loss (20–2)KO (head kick)Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
November 6, 2021Colby CovingtonUFC 268Win (20–1)Decision (unanimous)New York City, New York, United States
April 24, 2021Jorge MasvidalUFC 261Win (19–1)KO (punch)Jacksonville, Florida, United States
February 13, 2021Gilbert BurnsUFC 258Win (18–1)TKO (punches)Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
July 12, 2020Jorge MasvidalUFC 251Win (17–1)Decision (unanimous)Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
December 14, 2019Colby CovingtonUFC 245Win (16–1)TKO (punches)Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
March 2, 2019Tyron WoodleyUFC 235Win (15–1)Decision (unanimous)Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
November 30, 2018Rafael dos AnjosThe Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters FinaleWin (14–1)Decision (unanimous)Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
May 19, 2018Demian MaiaUFC Fight Night: Maia vs. UsmanWin (13–1)Decision (unanimous)Santiago, Chile
January 14, 2018Emil Weber MeekUFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. ChoiWin (12–1)Decision (unanimous)St. Louis, Missouri, United States
September 16, 2017Sérgio MoraesUFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. BranchWin (11–1)KO (punch)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
April 8, 2017Sean StricklandUFC 210Win (10–1)Decision (unanimous)Buffalo, New York, United States
November 19, 2016Warlley AlvesUFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2Win (9–1)Decision (unanimous)São Paulo, Brazil
July 23, 2016Alexander YakovlevUFC on Fox: Holm vs. ShevchenkoWin (8–1)Decision (unanimous)Chicago, Illinois, United States
December 19, 2015Leon EdwardsUFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2Win (7–1)Decision (unanimous)Orlando, Florida, United States
July 12, 2015Hayder HassanThe Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians FinaleWin (6–1)Submission (arm-triangle choke)Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
July 18, 2014Marcus HicksLegacy FC 33Win (5–1)TKO (punches)Allen, Texas, United States
April 4, 2014Lenny LovotoLegacy FC 30Win (4–1)TKO (punches)Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
January 31, 2014Steven RodriguezLegacy FC 27Win (3–1)TKO (punches)Houston, Texas, United States
December 14, 2013Rashid AbdullahVFC 41Win (2–1)TKO (punches)Ralston, Nebraska, United States
May 24, 2013Jose CaceresCFA 11Loss (1–1)Submission (rear-naked choke)Coral Gables, Florida, United States
November 30, 2012David GloverRFA 5Win (1–0)TKO (punches)Kearney, Nebraska, United States

Awards and Achievements

Here’s a list of Kamaru Usman’s recognition and awards in folkstyle wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):

  • 2021 – UFC Welterweight Champion
  • 2021 – Male Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 – Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year
  • 2021 – Mixed Martial Arts Most Valuable fighter
  • 2021 – Knockout of the Year
  • 2010 – NCAA Division II National Championship
  • 2008, 2009, and 2010 – NCAA Division II All-American
  • 2007 – NAIA National Qualifier

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