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Kamaru Usman admits it "stings" he didn't become a champ-champ in his UFC career

Cole Shelton - February 29, 2024

Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says it stings that he never became a champ-champ in his UFC career. Usman was a dominant champion at welterweight as he defended his title five times. However, he made it clear he wouldn’t go up to middleweight to chase champ-champ status due to his friend Israel Adesanya being the 185lbs champion. With that, it ruled out any chance of Usman holding two titles at the same time as many of the greats have done.

Paulo Costa and Kamaru Usman
Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa calls out Kamaru Usman after loss to Robert Whittaker: "Looks interesting"

Cole Shelton - February 22, 2024

Paulo Costa has his eyes set on former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for his next fight. Costa is coming off a decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 298 in a very competitive fight, which also served as Paulo’s first scrap since August of 2022. Although the Brazilian didn’t get his hand raised, his stock went up in the loss and now he’s already campaigning for his next fight.

Colby Covington
Kamaru Usman

Colby Covington believes Kamaru Usman would have “destroyed” Khamzat Chimaev in a five-round fight

Susan Cox - December 14, 2023

Colby Covington believes Kamaru Usman would have ‘destroyed’ Khamzat Chimaev in a five-round fight. It was this past October, at UFC 294, where Kamaru Usman (20-4 MMA) was defeated by Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA) by majority decision.

Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman shares prediction for Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington title fight at UFC 296

Cole Shelton - December 12, 2023

Kamaru Usman has shared his prediction for the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington at UFC 296. Usman has fought Edwards three times, winning once and suffering two defeats which saw him surrender his welterweight title. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has also fought Colby Covington on two occasions in the past, where he successfully defended the welterweight title in both fights. Given that he has spent plenty of time in the Octagon with both men, Usman is familiar with both of their styles.

Colby Covington
Kamaru Usman

Colby Covington believes he was partially responsible for Leon Edwards knocking out Kamaru Usman: “I’m the one that loosened up that chin”

Harry Kettle - November 22, 2023

Colby Covington believes he was somewhat responsible for Leon Edwards’ iconic knockout victory over Kamaru Usman. Next month at UFC 296, Colby Covington will challenge Leon Edwards for the UFC welterweight championship. This will serve as his third crack at undisputed gold following two unsuccessful battles with the aforementioned Kamaru Usman.

Robert Whittaker and Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman

Daniel Cormier explains why he's 'all in' on potential Robert Whittaker vs. Kamaru Usman clash

Josh Evanoff - November 1, 2023

UFC analyst Daniel Cormier is all in on a fight between Robert Whittaker and Kamaru Usman. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is fresh off his return at UFC 294 opposite Khamzat Chimaev. That was a short-notice bout for Kamaru Usman, and it showed at times. Still, the former welterweight champion was able to compete and wound up suffering a close decision loss on the scorecards.

Khamzat Chimaev
Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev suffered a torn ligament, not a broken hand, in UFC 294 win over Kamaru Usman

Harry Kettle - October 30, 2023

Khamzat Chimaev reportedly suffered a torn ligament as opposed to a broken hand in his fight against Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. Earlier this month, Khamzat Chimaev went to war with Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. While Usman put in an incredible effort, Chimaev was the one who ultimately walked away as the winner.

Kamaru Usman, Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou

Kamaru Usman on Francis Ngannou's split decision loss to Tyson Fury: "The judges are going to do what they’re going to do"

Fernando Quiles - October 29, 2023

Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has weighed in on the controversial outcome to the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou boxing match. Usman was in attendance for the big boxing match that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28. He was also joined by former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in walking Ngannou down to the ring. Ngannou shocked the world despite not emerging victorious. He scored a knockdown on Fury during the fight and went the distance for a split decision loss.

Robert Whittaker and Kamaru Usman
Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker tells Kamaru Usman to "stick around" at middleweight after UFC 294: "That fight interests me"

Cole Shelton - October 26, 2023

Robert Whittaker is hoping to fight Kamaru Usman next time out. At UFC 294 last weekend in Abu Dhabi, former welterweight champion Usman moved up to middleweight on 11 days’ notice to face Khamzat Chimaev. It was an intriguing matchup and Usman entered it with a lot of confidence, but it was Chimaev who won a majority decision.

Khamzat Chimaev
Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev debuts in the UFC middleweight rankings following majority decision win over Kamaru Usman

Harry Kettle - October 24, 2023

Khamzat Chimaev has officially made his way into the UFC’s middleweight rankings following his win over Kamaru Usman. Last weekend at UFC 294, Khamzat Chimaev went head to head with Kamaru Usman. The two had an incredibly competitive encounter and in the end, it was Chimaev who wound up scoring the majority decision victory. Now, the expectation is that he’ll take on Sean Strickland for the UFC middleweight championship, with Dana White saying beforehand that it was a title eliminator fight.

Islam Makhachev

What's next for the stars of UFC 294?

Cole Shelton - October 23, 2023

The UFC returned to Abu Dhabi on Saturday for a solid UFC 294 card that somehow got better after both the main and co-main events were changed on less than two weeks’ notice. In the main event of UFC 294, Islam Makhachev was looking to defend his lightweight title for the second time as he was rematching featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski. The co-main event saw Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman fight at middleweight.

Khamzat Chimaev, Kamaru Usman, UFC
Khamzat Chimaev

Kamaru Usman reacts following majority decision loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294

Chris Taylor - October 21, 2023

Kamaru Usman has reacted following his majority decision loss to Khamzat Chimaev in today’s UFC 294 co-main event. Usman (20-4 MMA) stepped on short notice to battle Chimaev (13-0 MMA) in a middleweight contest this afternoon in Abu Dhabi.

Khamzat Chimaev
Khamzat Chimaev

UFC 294 Results: Khamzat Chimaev defeats Kamaru Usman (Highlights)

Chris Taylor - October 21, 2023

We have you covered for all of today’s UFC 294 results, including the co-main event between Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman. Usman (20-3 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since losing a majority decision to Leon Edwards in a fight for the promotion’s welterweight world title at UFC 286. That setback marked ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’s’ second in a row, as he was previously knocked out by Rocky with a head kick at UFC 278.

UFC 294, Islam Makhachev, Alexander Volkanovski, Khamzat Chimaev, Kamaru Usman, UFC, Results
Islam Makhachev

UFC 294: ‘Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2’ Live Results and Highlights

Chris Taylor - October 20, 2023

The Octagon returns to Abu Dhabi for today’s UFC 294 event, a thirteen-bout fight card headlined by Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2. Makhachev (24-1 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since scoring a highly debated unanimous decision victory over Volkanovski this past February at UFC 284. Prior to that, the Russian standout had earned a submission win over Charles Oliveira to capture the promotion’s vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.

Francis Ngannou, Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman

Francis Ngannou laughs off UFC's decision to blur Kamaru Usman's shirt supporting him: "Nice shirt you got there"

Josh Evanoff - October 20, 2023

Francis Ngannou seemingly got a laugh out of Kamaru Usman’s appearance on UFC Embedded this week. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is set to return to the cage opposite Khamzat Chimaev this Saturday. For Kamaru Usman, he enters his middleweight debut riding a two-fight losing streak to Leon Edwards. Still, the former champion is confident that he can upset ‘Borz’ and get a rematch with Sean Strickland.

Sean Strickland and Kamaru Usman
Khamzat Chimaev

Sean Strickland claims Kamaru Usman only took Khamzat Chimaev fight at UFC 294 "for a paycheck"

Cole Shelton - October 20, 2023

Sean Strickland doesn’t think Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev will be all that competitive at UFC 294. Chimaev was supposed to fight Paulo Costa on the card, but an infection to the Brazilian’s elbow forced him to be pulled from the scrap. On 11 days’ notice, Kamaru Usman stepped up to face Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294 in a highly-anticipated matchup. The stakes also got higher as UFC CEO Dana White announced the winner would get the next middleweight title shot.

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Kamaru Usman shuts down rumors of injury following open workout scare

Cole Shelton - October 18, 2023

Kamaru Usman has shut down rumors of being injured following his open workout. Usman stepped up on less than two weeks’ notice against Khamzat Chimaev and moved up to middleweight at UFC 294 to make the fight happen. It’s a highly-anticipated fight and one that UFC CEO Dana White has said the winner will get the next middleweight title shot.

Justin Gaethje
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Video | Kamaru Usman appears to cut short his open workout after “something popped” in his knee, Justin Gaethje responds

Susan Cox - October 18, 2023

Former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman appeared to cut short his UFC 294 open workout after ‘something popped’ in his knee. UFC 294 takes place this coming Saturday, October 21st at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.