FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Kamaru Usman
By Kieran Cobley
This week’s MMA Fighter of the Week goes to Kamaru Usman (15-1), who beat Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) for the welterweight title in a dominant display at UFC 235.
Usman dominated for the entire fight, taking Woodley down repeatedly. When in top control, Usman was able to pry Woodley off in order to throw hard elbows.
Woodley also had to deal with Usman’s dominant cage control work as well. This was best displayed in round three, with Usman holding the now former champ against the cage whilst hammering the body with devastating uppercuts.
It was in the same round where Usman came close to finishing Woodley, rocking him with big shots, with Woodley desperately having to throw shots back to show Marc Goddard he was still in the fight.
In the fifth round, Woodley looked to have secured a guillotine whilst pressed up against the cage, but Usman utilised all his wrestling experience, and exploded with his hips into a forceful take down.
It was clear the Usman had won the fight, and he took a unanimous decision victory, his eighth one in his last 10 fights.
Usman becomes the first ever African born UFC champion with this win, and it was announced shortly after he won the title that the “Nigerian Nightmare” will take on interim champion Colby Covington in his first defence of the title.
Honourable mentions this week go out to; James Webb who won the Cage Warriors middleweight title with a submission win over Thomas Robertson at cage Warriors 102, Rhys McKee who came out on top in an all-out war with Perry Goodwin on the same card, and to Pedro Munhoz, who defied the bookies by knocking out former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in the first round at UFC 235.
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