Kamaru Usman is set to take centre stage once again this weekend as the UFC welterweight champion defends his title against Gilbert Burns.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ beat bitter rival Jorge Masvidal last July and will now be looking to record his 13th consecutive victory in the 170lbs division at UFC 258.
Mohammed and Kamaru Usman probably never got picked on in school@usman84kg (Instagram)
While Usman is undoubtedly talented, the intensity of his training sessions and dedication to his craft are what made him a champion in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation.
And no one knows that better than his ‘little’ brother, Mohammed.
Standing at 6ft 2ins and weighing 254lbs, the heavyweight contender has recently been competing in the Titan Fighting Championship after rejecting offers from the UFC, Bellator and ONE Championship.
The Nigerian-born brothers want to take over MMA together@umohammed97 (Instagram)
‘Motor’ is the younger of the Usman brothers at just 31 and, for a heavyweight, has potentially a very long career ahead of him.
Born in Auchi, Nigeria, the Usman family relocated to the United States and the brothers have forged exceptional careers for themselves already.
Of course, older brother Kamaru is the more high-profile of the pair after dethroning Tyron Woodley and winning his grudge match against Colby Covington in 2019, but Mohammed also enjoyed a rather spectacular run.
Usman Jr picked up a 48-second knockout win against Reggie Cato in 2019 and then saw off Terrance Hodges in his last fight in August.
While belts, fame and fortune could follow for him soon, fighting alongside his brother in the UFC is something he dreams of doing.
“Before every training session, I visualise the belt around my waist,” Mohammed told MMA Junkie.
“And I visualise my brother standing right next to me with his belt. That’s all going to come to reality. Just visualisation.
“I try to visualise myself with the belt all the time. And I know that time will come when that will happen.
“So if I keep doing that and then it will appear.”
Mohammed Usman stands at 6ft 2ins and weighs 254lbs@umohammed97 (Instagram)