Kamarudeen Usman[1] (born May 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler and graduated folkstyle wrestler. He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Welterweight Champion.

Usman was also The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner. As of September 27, 2021, he is #1 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.

As a wrestler, Usman primarily competed at 84 kilograms, and was a 2010 US University World Team Member.[10] Collegiately, he competed at 174 pounds, and was the 2010 NCAA Division II National champion, a three–time NCAA DII All-American and a NAIA National qualifier

Usman started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Because Usman's wrestling coach at the time had trouble pronouncing his first name Kamarudeen, he got the nickname "Marty" when he joined the team and it stuck with him during his amateur wrestling career.

MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz believes UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman did more than enough to deserve a 2022 ESPY Award.

UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira earned the 2022 ESPY for ‘MMA Fighter of the Year’ after wins over Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in 2021.

Despite topping the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, Usman fell short of earning his first career ESPY award. His 2021 featured finishes over Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal and a rematch victory over Colby Covington last November.

Despite topping the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, Usman fell short of earning his first career ESPY award. His 2021 featured finishes over Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal and a rematch victory over Colby Covington last November.

During a recent interview with The Schmo, Abdelaziz explained why he feels Usman had the ‘MMA Fighter of the Year’ award stolen from him. Continue reading

“I think this ESPY award was rigged,” Usman’s manager Abdelaziz said. “I think Kamaru Usman won, and I think they rigged it.