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UFC Champion Kamaru Usman Reveals Why he Won’t Fight Fellow Nigerian Israel Adesanya
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UFC Champion Kamaru Usman Reveals Why he Won’t Fight Fellow Nigerian Israel Adesanya

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (pictured top right) has revealed he would be interested moving up to the middleweight division, but only if his friend and fellow Nigerian Israel Adesanya (pictured top left) is no longer champion. Usman, a Nigerian and American says he would 'absolutely' consider stepping up to the 185 pounds category after he beat Gilbert Burns 34 seconds into the third round at UFC 258 - taking his record to 18-1, defending his title for the third time. However, he admitted the move is dependent on Adesanya as he 'would never entertain going up to fight his friend as he would rather 'two Africans held belts than one African with two belts'. Usman said he would consider the step up if Adesanya says he wants 'nothing to do with' the middleweight any...
Nigerian Kamaru Usman Retains His World Title
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Nigerian Kamaru Usman Retains His World Title

Kamaru Usman defeated Gilbert Burns by TKO in the third round to retain his UFC welterweight championship Saturday night in the main event of UFC 258 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The stoppage came at 34 seconds of the round. Usman, who was briefly stunned by a Burns right hand in the opening round, took control of the fight in Round 2 when he landed a big right hand of his own that sent Burns staggering toward the cage. Usman dropped Burns again with a jab early in Round 3 and followed with several big strikes on the ground that forced referee Herb Dean to jump in and stop the fight. Usman (18-1), 33, has been champion since March 2019 and has three successful title defenses. The Nigeria native, who grew up in Texas, has never lost in the UFC, with 13 straight wins. Bur...

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