The good news for the newly crowned UFC welterweight champion – Kamaru Usman (15-1) keep on coming. Just a week after the Nigerian edged Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of UFC 235, he received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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I’m more than humbled and prepared to take on another challenge. Last night my Sensei @jorgesantiagojj pushed the bar even higher by given me my BJJ black belt. I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to be recovered and back on the mats #nigeriannightmare #champion #bjj #blackbelt #whowannagetchoked
The 31-year-old got his belt from his BJJ coach Jorge Santiago. Usman, who moves to the US when he’s 8, starts training wrestling. In high school, he is a teammate with Jon Jones and during his college years at William Penn, he is an NAIA national qualifier. He then transferres to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors all three years he attended UNK and helped the school win its first-ever overall team title in 2008. In his senior season, he wins the NCAA Division II national title at 174 lbs in 2010.
It’s an interesting fact that Usman has only one submission win in his pro MMA career dating back to 2015.