If you are a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA), you might have heard of Kamaru Usman and Mohammed Usman, two of the most talented fighters in the sport. Kamaru is a former UFC Welterweight Champion, while Mohammed is a rising star in the PFL (Professional Fighters League). But are they related? And if so, how?
The Nigerian Nightmare and The Motor
Kamaru Usman and Mohammed Usman are indeed brothers, born in Auchi, Nigeria. Their father was a major in the Nigerian Army and their mother was a teacher. They have another brother, Kashetu, who is not involved in MMA
The Usman brothers moved to the United States when they were young, settling in Dallas, Texas. They both started wrestling in high school and continued their careers in college. Kamaru wrestled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he won the NCAA Division II national championship in 2010. Mohammed wrestled at Arizona State University, where he was a two-time Pac-12 champion
Both brothers transitioned to MMA after their wrestling careers. Kamaru made his professional debut in 2012 and joined the UFC in 2015 after winning The Ultimate Fighter 21. He became the UFC Welterweight Champion in 2019 by defeating Tyron Woodley and defended his title four times before losing it to Leon Edwards in 2023. He is known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” for his dominant wrestling and striking skills
Mohammed made his professional debut in 2016 and joined the PFL in 2020. He has a record of 6-1, with four wins by knockout and two by submission. He is known as “The Motor” for his relentless pace and power. He is currently one of the top contenders in the PFL heavyweight division
A Bond Beyond Blood
Kamaru and Mohammed are not only brothers, but also best friends and training partners. They support each other in their MMA careers and often share advice and tips. They also have a friendly rivalry and challenge each other to improve their skills.
According to Kamaru, he and Mohammed have a bond beyond blood. He said: “We’re not just brothers, we’re soulmates. We’ve been through everything together. We’ve seen the highs and lows of life. We’ve seen our father go to prison for something he didn’t do. We’ve seen our mother struggle to raise us. We’ve seen our dreams come true in MMA. We’ve seen each other grow as men, as fathers, as fighters. We’re more than brothers, we’re one.”
Mohammed echoed his brother’s sentiments and said: “Kamaru is my hero, my inspiration, my mentor. He taught me everything I know about MMA. He showed me how to work hard, how to be humble, how to be a champion. He’s always there for me, no matter what. He’s not just my brother, he’s my best friend.”
The Future of MMA
Kamaru and Mohammed are both proud of their Nigerian heritage and represent their country with honor and pride. They are also proud of their American citizenship and appreciate the opportunities they have received in the US. They are both role models for young athletes who aspire to achieve greatness in MMA.
The Usman brothers have already made history in MMA by becoming the first siblings to win TUF tournaments and compete in major promotions like the UFC and PFL. They have also shown that they are among the best fighters in their respective weight classes and have earned the respect of fans and peers alike.
But they are not satisfied with their accomplishments so far. They both have big goals and dreams for their future in MMA. Kamaru wants to regain his UFC title and become one of the greatest welterweights of all time. Mohammed wants to win the PFL title and join his brother as a world champion.
They also hope to fight on the same card someday, preferably in Nigeria or Texas, where they have many fans and supporters. They believe that it would be a historic event for MMA and a celebration of their brotherhood.
Kamaru said: “It would be amazing to fight on the same card as Mohammed. It would be a dream come true for us and our family. It would also be a huge statement for MMA and for Nigeria. We would show the world that we are not just brothers, we are warriors.”
Mohammed said: “It would be awesome to fight on the same card as Kamaru. It would be a special moment for us and our fans. It would also be a great opportunity for us to showcase our skills and our bond. We would show the world that we are not just fighters, we are brothers.”
Kamaru Usman and Mohammed Usman are two of the most successful and influential MMA fighters in the world. They are also brothers who share a strong and unique relationship. They are related by blood, but also by passion, dedication, and love. They are the MMA brothers.