Kamaru Usman Biography
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Kamaru Usman is a Nigerian-American professional MMA fighter. Read the full article to know his net worth, wife, salary, and height.

Usman is a fearless fighter who is currently standing #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound fights. He is also a former freestyle wrestler and graduated folkstyle wrestler. The 34-year-old came from a humble background. Being born in a small hometown he faced many problems in his childhood. He even worked on his father’s farm in his childhood in Nigeria. Eventually, his family moved to the US because of his father’s job.

Usman was an athlete even when he was a child. He first tried his luck in football in his school but decided to quit after back-to-back injuries. Then he started showing interest in fighting. “The Nigerian Nightmare” also served as a wrestling coach for Team Miller. He started his professional MMA career in 2012.

His overall MMA career is exceptional. He has fought 21 MMA fights and lost only one of them. Currently, he has been competing in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. 

He holds many records of his name. The Nigerian fighter has won The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament twice. He has also won the December 2019 Fight of the Month award.

Kamaru Usman’s details

Full Name Kamaru Usman
Nickname The Nigerian Nightmare
Born May 11, 1987 

Auchi, Nigeria

Debut 2012
Height 183 cm
Weight 77 kg
Age 34
Birthplace Auchi, Nigeria
Religion Muslim
Nationality Nigerian


Net Worth $3 Million
Marital Status Married
Father name Muhammed Nasiru Usman
Mother name Afishetu P. Usman
Salary $1 million
Twitter Handle  @USMAN84kg
Instagram Handle @usman84kg


Usman is 34 years of age but still one of the best in business. He has a lot of fight left in him.

Kamaru Usman’s Net worth and Salary

The Nigerian American fighter has earned a net worth of about $3 million during his career. He amassed a huge $692,000 in his match against Jorge Masvidal. This was also his highest paycheck. He earns a salary of about $1 million. 


The Nigerian MMA champion has a reasonable height of 183 cm. 


Kamaru Usman tied the knot with Eleslie Dietzsch. Both love birds have a beautiful daughter together. 

Kamaru Usman and Tyron Woodley
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The UFC Welterweight champion is also known as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. This name perfectly describes what a threat he is to his opponents. This nickname was used by the veteran NFL fighter Christian Okoye. However, the retired star permitted Usman to use this nickname. During an interview, Usman said that the nickname shows how good an athlete he is.

Recent News about Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman challenged Jake Paul at the start of 2021. Paul accepted the fight challenge. However, Usman said he won’t ‘play fight’ in any way.

The great Mike Tyson also said that he was waiting for their fight. Though Paul claimed ongoing conversations, things didn’t work out again. Both of them engaged in other fights. However, recently Jake Paul has made a bold statement about their match. According to him if they did lock horns it wouldn’t be any problem for him to beat Usman. He said in an interview,

“I mean, he could barely beat up a 170-pounder. He took a lot of shots, man. He’s getting old. He’s 35, and I think that’s starting to show. I think he is out of his prime already, and he’s light work.”

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