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Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman

Nationality :Nigerian-American
Date Of Birth :May 11, 1987
Height :6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight :170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)

Kamaru Usman is an American-Nigerian Mixed Martial Artist (MMA), Kick Boxer, and UFC Fighter from Auchi, Nigeria. In 2019, he placed in the 8th position in the UFC pound-for-pound ranking. He was declared the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 21.

On the other hand, Usman made his professional debut in 2012. He tried his luck in the local fight matches. By the year 2015, he entered The Ultimate Fighter. Kamaru faced his first fight against Michael Graves.


Full NameKamarudeen Usman
Date of BirthMay 11, 1987
Birth PlaceAuchi, Nigeria
Nick NameThe Nigerian Nightmare
NationalityNigerian and American
Zodiac SignTaurus
Age36 Years Old
Height6’0″/1.83 m/183 cm
Weight77 kg/170 lb

Kamaru Usman Biography, EarlyLife

Kamaru Usman, aka The Nigerian Nightmare, was born on May 11, 1987, in Auchi (Edo State), Nigeria.

He was born as the second child to his father, Mohammed Nasiru Usman, who served in the Nigerian army, and his mother, Ms. Usman, a housewife.

Usman grew up in Auchi, Nigeria, with his two brothers, Kashetu and Mohammed, Usman, and a younger sister, whose name is currently unknown. 

Usman was raised in a low-income family. He used to help his family in farming and walk for miles to fetch water.

When Usman was still a young child, his father moved to the US to pursue a career as a pharmacist. But it did not take long for Kamaru’s father to bring his entire family to the States.

The family moved to the US when Kamaru was eight years old ( in 1995).

He attended a local high school which made him adjust to the new environment and culture.

Initially, the MMA fighter did not understand the English language well and was often made fun of. But he joined ESL (English as Second Language) classes which helped him to improve his fluency.

Kamaru Usman Education

Usman attended Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, where he tried his hands on football. But sadly, he had to end his efforts following an injury. Following that, Kamaru tried wrestling under the recommendation of the school’s wrestling coach. The sport was fit for his physical attributes.

Kamaru was tall and bulky, but he repeatedly lost to a girl during the early days. But that did not stop the fighter from coming to exercise. Instead, it sparked a fire within him to improve his wrestling skills.

He got so good at wrestling that he held a 53-3 record at Bowie High School.


After completing high school, Usman attended William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Later in 2007, he qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). 

But, he was unable to attend the tournament due to heavy rainfall. Most of his teammates and head coach left early for the game without him, which frustrated and influenced him to leave William Penn. 

Kamaru transferred to the University of Nebraska, a public land-grant research university located in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned several achievements in the new university, including the NCAA Division II All-American Honors.

In 2008, Kamaru helped his university win its first overall team title. He became the NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010 and finished the season with 30 wins. 

After seeing his impressive performance, Christian Okoye, a former National Football League athlete, gave Usman his nickname, “The Nigerian Nightmare.”

Not only Kamaru but all of his siblings were into sports growing up. The oldest sibling, Kashetu, played college soccer for the University of South Carolina.

Likewise, the other sibling, Mohammed, was a football player at the University of Arizona. The youngest sibling played college volleyball for Tarleton University.

Kamaru Usman’s Height, And Weight

His height is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) while he weighs 170 lb (77 kg).

Usman was a member of the 2010 U.S. University World Team and primarily competed in freestyle wrestling at a weight of 84 kilograms (185 lb). He was the 2010 NCAA Division II national champion, a three-time NCAA Division II All-American, and an NAIA national qualifier while competing collegiately at 174 pounds (79 kg).


Usman was an incredible wrestler; he had the technique and the spirit but having all that did not pay the bills. Wrestling did not earn him much, and thus, he opted for MMA.

While Usman was training for the 2012 Olympics trials, he met Rashad Evans, a retired MMA fighter and UFC light heavyweight champion. Rashad was the one who informed Kamaru about the career opportunities at UFC.

Following that, Usman began his UFC career under the endorsement of Rashad. He nailed his first UFC fight, winning against David Glover at RFA 5 in Nebraska in November 2012.

Though his first fight proved successful, he did not win the second one. His second fight was against Jose Caceres and he defeated Usman via first-round submission at Championship Fighting Alliance 11. 

On December 14, 2019, Kamaru got his first match to defend his Welterweight Championship title after snatching it from Tyron.

Kamaru was set to fight against Colby Covington at UFC 245 as the night’s main event. The match began, and as expected from the Nigerian Nightmare, he dominated the fight.

He did not let Colby out-match him except in the 4th round, where Colby had a slight edge over the Nigerian fighter. But that did not last long as Kamaru won the fight in the 4th minute of the 5th round.

He won the match via Technical Knockout. The match was beautiful and exciting. Thus, it was titled Fight of the Night. Both the fighters got bonuses for their fantastic performance.

Kamaru Usman’s Net Worth

Kamaru’s net worth is estimated at $3 million in 2023, credited to his earnings from the UFC, being a UFC titleholder, and bonuses from the special events he fought in.

After he won the UFC 235 against Tyron Woodly, his salary was raised to $380,000. As of now, his annual salary is estimated to be $600,000. 

The Nigerian Nightmare has won over $2 million fighting for the UFC and over $692,000 for his victory against Jorge Masvidal, the main event at UFC 261.

Kamaru Usman’s Wife, Marriage, Children

Kumaru Usman got married to his Brazillian girlfriend, Eleslie Dietzsch, in 2016. 

The pair have been married for a long time and was blessed with a baby girl in 2014. Thus, it is safe to assume they have been together since the early 2010s.

The couple has named their daughter Samira Usman. Born in August of 2014, she is 9 years old as of 2023.

The duo has not opened up about their first date or how they met since they prefer to keep their personal life private. But, looking at their Instagram post, it seems like the couple has a blissful relationship.

Kamaru’s girlfriend, Eleslie was born on November 22, 1986, to her parents, Jose Dietzsch and Eunice Dietzsch. She is of Brazilian descent and speaks Portuguese.

Kamaru Usman Awards

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
      • Five successful Title defenses
      • Third most title fight wins in UFC Welterweight division history (6)
      • Latest knockout in UFC title fight history vs. Colby Covington
      • First Nigerian-born UFC champion
    • The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner
    • Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Hayder Hassan, Rafael dos Anjos, Gilbert Burns, and Jorge Masvidal
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Colby Covington
    • Latest finish in UFC Welterweight history vs. Colby Covington
    • Most consecutive wins in UFC Welterweight history (15)
      • Second most consecutive wins in UFC History (15)
    • Tied (Neil Magny, Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, & Belal Muhammad) for second-most unanimous decision wins in UFC history (10)
      • Tied (Georges St-Pierre, Neil Magny & Belal Muhammad) for most unanimous decision wins in UFC Welterweight division history (10)
      • Fourth most decision wins in UFC Welterweight division history (10)
    • Tied (Matt Hughes & Thiago Alves) for the fourth most wins in UFC Welterweight division history (15)
    • Most significant strikes landed in UFC Welterweight division history (1334)
    • Second longest average fight time in UFC Welterweight division history (17:35)
    • Second longest control time in UFC Welterweight division history (2:13:51)]
    • Second most total strikes landed in UFC Welterweight division history (2369)
    • Fourth most takedowns landed in UFC Welterweight division history (59)
    • Highest takedown defense percentage in UFC Welterweight division history (97.3%)
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
    • 2021 Knockout of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal
    • 2019 December Fight of the Month vs. Colby Covington
    • 2021 February Fight of the Month vs. Gilbert Burns
    • 2021 April Knockout of the Month vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2021 The Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis Fighter of the Year
  • MMA Fighting
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
    • 2021 Knockout of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • ESPN
    • 2021 Male Fighter of the Year
  • MMA Mania
    • 2021 Knockout of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Bleacher Report
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • Yahoo! Sports
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • Cageside Press
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • Lowkick MMA
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • CBS Sports
    • 2021 Fighter of the Year
  • Combat Press
    • 2021 Male Fighter of the Year
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Mixed Martial Arts Most Valuable (2021)
    • Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year (2021)
  • BT Sport
    • 2021 Male Fighter of the Year


What is the net worth of Kamaru Usman?

His net worth is 3 million dollars.

What is the height of Kamaru Usman?

His height is 6 feet.

What is the age of ABsC?

His age is 36 years as of 2023.

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