UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman’s recent victory over Jorge ‘gamebred’ Masividal through knockout at UFC 261 has been seen as his finest performance so far.
This win has propelled talk that suggests Kamaru ‘the Nigerian Nightmare’ is one of the best welterweight fighters in the Octagon.
Talking about his journey in an interview, the fighter discussed how he has accomplished his goal to be a welterweight champion, emphasising the role of the UFC veterans and coaches in helping him reach there.
“It’s not only about fighting. But it is also about entertainment. To balance the entertainment part with the training, competing and the family life, it gets very, very difficult.”
“I didn’t think it would be this difficult getting into it. When you’re starting up, you’re just going ‘Yeah I want to be a champion. I want the belt. I want the money that comes with it.’ You don’t actually think about this aspect of it.”
Further in the interview, he goes on to talk about the discussions he had with his coach, Trevor Whitman. Usman was advised to be prepared for the pressure as it was bound to get difficult as he progressed further in his career.
“At the end of the day, this is just for a short time. You’re going to miss it. I try to indulge myself in this and enjoy as much as possible because this will not last forever,” he said.
As the interview proceeded, Usman went on to admit feeling nervous and sentimental as his father watched him live, being physically present in one of his fights.
“But, this is one thing that I think I do well: Snapping out of it and getting back to me. Knowing that if I trust my skills, abilities, then I could go out there and do something special,” he said.
As the welterweight king knocks down his top 3 contenders, it would be interesting to see what the octagon has for the top-dog!