Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman clashed with challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February 2021. Facing his former teammate was hard on “The Nigerian Nightmare”, and when he recently visited ‘I am Athlete‘ he opened up on how it felt to fight his friend.
“When he called me out, of course it hit me in the chest, but as a man I respected him because you understand that ‘I want to be the top dog’,” Usman said.
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Kamaru Usman was confident coming into the fight
Even though “The Nigerian Nightmare” admitted that he was confused about the whole situation, he never doubted that he would defeat his former teammate.
“The thing about training is that when you train with somebody, you are training to get better. Like, he was a world champion jiu-jitsu guy, so on the ground I don’t know everything, that’s why I train with him, to get better. So of course I’m sure he caught me a few times with submission holds here and there, get me to tap. And that’s fine, that’s practice,” Kamaru Usman said and recalled an old interview he did before the fight with Burns:
“I said ‘practice is practice, but when there’s no coach there, and there’s no fans in there, and there’s him and I locked in there, he knows what’s going to happen and I know what’s going to happen’.”
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