FIGHTER PROFILE: Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman says crossover mega-fight with Canelo "only makes sense" and  would be combat sports' 'biggest event ever' | DAZN News UK
Usman embraces victory. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Kamaru Usman will face Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a rematch of their 2019 fight which was Usman’s first title defense. Usman will again be defending the 170 pound title at UFC 268 the world will be watching as these two great wrestlers face off in the UFC Octagon at Madison Square Garden. But what makes the welterweight champion and #1 pound for pound ranked fighter is his story and how he got to the UFC. 

Usman was born May 11, 1987 in Auchi, Nigeria to his parents who were both of Nigerian descent. His father was in the Nigerian army and his mother was a teacher. Usman’s father would eventually become a Pharmacist and would move his family to the US when Usman was eight years old. This would get Usman an American education.


During his sophomore year Usman would begin wrestling at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. It would be a start of something special for young Usman who ended up with a 53–3 record and would place third at the Texas State Wrestling Championships. Usman who is the same age as Jon Jones would wrestle besides the future Light Heavyweight champion at the Senior National Tournament.

 Usman would go on to wrestle in college at William Penn University. Usman would later transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman would place top 3 in wrestling in the country in all his years at UNK. Usman would become a NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010 in Omaha. After College Usman decided to pursue Olympic Wrestling but decided not to take part after injuries derailed his dreams.

This led Usman to pursue MMA. In 2011 Usman made his first step into the MMA world when he served as the wrestling coach for Team Miller during The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen. Usman made his professional MMA debut in November of 2012 fighting for the RFA promotion he won by TKO (punches.) Usman would lose his next fight, and would fight for more times in smaller promotions and would then make his way to the UFC. He’d end up in the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. Usman would win the show and it would be his first win in the promotion.

After The Ultimate Fighter, Usman went on a serious run, dominating the Welterweight Division. Beating fighters like Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos. This would earn Usman a title shot, where he would face defending Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Usman would win by Unanimous decision. Since then Usman has defended the Welterweight Championship 4 times once against Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns and twice against Jorge Masvidal. Usman will be facing Colby Covington in a rematch at Madison Square Garden as the main event of UFC 268.

What makes Usman’s story all the more amazing is that when Usman was doing all of these amazing things in the cage, he had turmoil at home. His father was in Jail for most of his run due to a health care fraud and money laundering scheme. Usman’s father is now out of jail and has seen his son fight. Usman recently bought his parents a nice home for them to retire in.

We shall see if Usman retains his title after UFC 268 it is sure to be a great fight, and it should be interesting because Usman and Covington don’t really like each other which adds so much drama to the fight. We shall see!

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FIGHTER PROFILE: ‘THUG’ ROSE NAMAJUNAS

Paige Vanzant vs Rose Namajunas: 'Thug' delivers comprehensive UFC Fight  Night 80 victory to halt VanZant | The Independent | The Independent
Rose Namajunas put a beatdown on former UFC Strawweight Paige VanZant (PA)

Rose Namajunas will make her return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday November 6th in Madison Square Garden in an immediate rematch to her last opponent, former Strawweight Champion, Zhang Weili. This fight is sure to be an insane matchup as Namajunas is a skilled fighter in the cage, but also because Namajunas and Weili have exchanged verbal barbs in the past. But Namajunas has the ability to back up what she says in the Octagon being a two time Strawweight Champion herself. 

Namajunas was born on June 29, 1992  in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Namajunas is of Lithuanian origin and both her parents moved to the United States the year before Namajunas was born. Namajunas had a tough upbringing in one of Milwaukee’s worst neighborhoods where she regularly witnessed violence. Namajunas got her start in Martial Arts at a young age starting with taekwondo. Namajunas would go on to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate, and MMA.  Namajunas got her nickname “Thug Rose” during her teenage years as Namajunas was their only white friend and was the toughest among them.  Namajunas would graduate from Milwaukee High School of the Arts where she ran cross country and wrestled.


After High School Namajunas started competing in MMA. She would start out with a 4-0 record which led her to Invicta FC. She’d make her professional and promotional debut at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt in January of 2013 against future UFC Strawweight Emily Kagan. Namajunas secured the victory via Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d fight twice again for the promotion including a loss to future Strawweight Tecia Torres.

In 2013 it was announced that The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 would crown the Champion of their new Strawweight division. Namajunas went into the Ultimate fighter house ranked 7th. She’d faced Alex Chambers on the show first she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d then face Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinal round she’d win by Submission (kimura.) In the semifinal she’d face Randa Markos she’d win again by Submission (kimura.) This brought Namajunas to the finals of the show where she faced Carla Esparza for the Strawweight belt. Unfortunately for Namajunas Esparza would win by Submission (rear-naked choke) although she had lost she’d get back to fighting.

Namajunas would get her first fight off the show in 2015 where she faced Angela Hill at UFC 192 she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d then secure wins against Paige VanZant and Tecia Torres. She’d then lose a decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz by Split Decision. In her next fight she’d win against Michelle Waterson she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.)

In 2017 Namajunas would get her shot at the title again. She’d face Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the Strawweight title. It was quite the fight with Namajunas winning by TKO. Namajunas would then face Jędrzejczyk again Namajunas would successfully defend her title. In her next fight Namajunas faced Jéssica Andrade; she’d unfortunately lose the title to Andrade. She’d get a rematch with Andrade at UFC 251 which she won. This would earn Namajunas another title shot at UFC 261 Namajunas faced off against Weili and won the Strawweight title back.

Namajunas will defend her Strawweight title on November 6th. It should be an awesome fight. Hopefully Namajunas defends her belt.  Namajunas’ life is an amazing story of what it takes to be an awesome fighter and never giving up after tough losses.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: JUSTIN GAETHJE

Justin Gaethje, Daniel Cormier trade barbs over Islam Makhachev

Justin Gaethje will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday against Michael Chandler. It will be Gaethje’s first fight in over a year. Gaethje  will be cornered by Trevor Whitman and will be the first of three of Whitman’s top level fighters fighting that evening. It will be good to see the Former interim Lightweight Champion fight against top level contenders like Chandler, and Gaethje hopes to out wrestle Chandler and put his last fight, a loss to UFC Lightweight Great Khabib Nurmagomedov behind him.


Gaethje was born in Safford Arizona on November 14, 1988 to Carolina and John Ray Gaethje. Gaethje is of German and Mexican descent. Gaethje is one of four children and happens to have a twin brother. Fighting is in Gaethje’s blood; his Grandfather on his father’s side boxed while enlisted in The U.S. Army.


Gaethje started wrestling at the age of four he’d wrestle all through High School and College. In High School Gaethje excelled at wrestling becoming a four-time finalist and two-time state champion. He’d go on to wrestle in college at University of Northern Colorado. He’d go on to do very well in his collegiate career which led him to get inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.

Gaethje would start MMA while in college he said of his first experiences with MMA in an interview  with SB Nation’s Bloody elbow “I started wrestling at 4 years old. It was never a dream of mine but I knew I always wanted to compete in something. When I was wrestling in college I took 7 amateur fights without ever being in a street fight, without sparring, without even training MMA. I won those and then decided to find a gym and turn pro” 

Gaethje Would turn pro on  August 20, 2011 when he would fight Kevin Croomat at ROF 41: Bragging Rights. Gaethje would win by KO in the first round. After a few more fights with that promotion he then moved on to the Rage in the Cage promotion. He’d win his three fights with the promotion winning once by submission, once by KO, and once by TKO.  

Gaethje would then move on to the World Series of Fighting promotion. He’d win his first three fights which led him to the inaugural World series of Fighting Lightweight Championship. He’d win the title against Richard Patishnock by TKO (punches and elbows.) He’d defend that title five times which would lead Gaethje to be one of the biggest free agent signings to the UFC ever.

Gaethje Would make his UFC debut against Michael Johnson on July 7, 2017. He’d win by TKO (punches and knees.)  This would lead Gaethje to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218. Alvarez would win by KO (Knee.) This would lead Gaethje to the biggest challenge of his career thus far and that was future interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier. He’d lose by TKO but Gaethje was down but not out he’d go on to win his next four fights including an Interim Title fight against Tony Ferguson. He’d go on to try to unify that title against undisputed Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He unfortunately wast able to beat the Lightweight G.O.A.T.

Gaethje will make his return to the UFC octagon on November sixth. He will be facing Michael Chandler, and hopefully with a win will cement a title shot with the winner of Oliviera vs Poirier at UFC 269.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: GILBERT ‘DURINHO’ BURNS

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Since making his return to Welterweight from Lightweight, Gilbert Burns has been burning through some of the biggest names in the UFC’s Welterweight division.  Burns who is one of the best grapplers in all of MMA and has pieced together an exceptional martial arts career both in the UFC Octagon and outside of the Octagon on the Jiu Jitsu circuit where he still continually competes. 

Burns got his start in martial arts at age 12 when his father bartered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons in exchange for him fixing a customer’s car. Burns and his brothers got three months of Jiu Jitsu lessons at Academia Associação Oriente where he trained under Welton Ribeiro. Burns fell in love with the “gentle art” as it has become known as. Burns would go on to be very successful in Jiu Jitsu, Burns would win the World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 2010 and again in 2013.  Burns would also win the World Cup finals Abu Dhabi that year. Burns would continue his success  winning the gold medal in the 2011 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships.  

In 2011 Burns pivoted to competing in MMA where he’d make a name for himself. Burns would make his debut in MMA in 2012 with a Submission victory (rear-naked choke) against José Salgado for the Crown Fighting Championships promotion. Burns would win his next six fights which would earn the Brazilian a shot at fighting in the biggest MMA promotion in the world, the UFC. 

Burns would make his UFC debut against Andreas Ståhl he’d win by Unanimous Decision. From there Burns would go to Lightweight he’d fight nine fights in that division and once at Catchweight (158 lb.) Burns would return to Welterweight against Alexey Kunchenko where he’d win by unanimous decision.  Burns would make a dominant showing in the division beating former champion Tyron Woodley. This would earn Burns a title shot at Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 in February 2021. Burns would lose that shot at the title but would return to his winning ways with a victory over Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 in July on one of the UFC’s biggest PPVs ever. 

It is not known at this time who Burns will face next. Hopefully he’ll get another title shot when we find out who the winner of Usman vs. Covington II will be at UFC 268 in November.

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UFC 268 Is Back To Madison Square Garden With An Amazing Card

Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 expected to headline UFC 268 - Bloody  Elbow

The UFC is set to make a return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday November 6th at 10 pm. The card which is completely stacked and will feature two championship fights. The main event will be for the welterweight championship between defending champion Kamaru Usman and number one ranked welterweight Colby Covington. The co-main event will feature an immediate rematch between reigning Women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas against number one contender, Zhang Weili. Along with the two championship bouts we will see fights between top ranked lightweights, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler. Number eight ranked middleweight, Sean Strickland and Luke Rockhold will also be on the card in a 3 round bout. Bantam Weights Frankie Edgar and Marlon Vera Will round out the card. If you’re a MMA fan and aren’t excited for this card you don’t have a pulse.

The first bout of note is Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler. Gaethje who’s the first of trainor Trevor Wittman’s fighters to fight on this card hasn’t fought since last October when he was interim champion and faced  reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and lost to Nurmagomedov by technical submission in round two by triangle choke. He’s facing former Bellator Champion, Michael Chandler who is fresh off a loss to Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262.

The second of Trevor Wittman’s fighters to step foot in the UFC octagon will be Rose Namajunas who is fresh off a victory against her opponent that evening, Zhang Weili. She regained her title becoming one of the first female fighters to ever regain their championship gold. Namajunas who is a black belt and Tae Kwon do a black belt in Karate, and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a tough fighter and pound for pound one of the best female fighters in the UFC.

Kamaru Usman who’s also one of Trevor Wittman’s fighters and will be the final fighter of Whittman’s to step into the Octagon that night, and will be facing Colby Covington in a rematch of their fight at UFC 245 in December of 2019. That fight was very close.  Covington is coming off a win against former champion Tyron Woodley. Usman is riding a win streak of 18 victories 14 of which were in the UFC. It will be great to see these two fight it out for UFC gold and we will see if Usman will bring home his 5th title defense

UFC President, Dana White pulled out all the stops on this card, and again if you’re an MMA fan, and don’t find this card exciting then you don’t have a pulse.