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UFC’s 1st African champion talks historic win

WIN: Kamaru Usman

TO SAY Kamaru Usman’s win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley was a shock would be a bit of an understatement.

While no one doubted the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ had a credible chance to wrest the belt from Woodley, the five-round domination he executed was a world away from what most ght fans and pundits expected.

Talking about his monumental win as the first African champion in the UFC’s history, Usman, 31, said he did it all on one leg.

“I said it when I came in [the UFC], I said that this was what I was going to do. I said I was coming for that welterweight strap and there was nothing that was going to stop me from attaining that and achieving that.”

He added: “Coming into this fight I was in a boot all week. I fractured my left foot and I was in a boot but nothing was going to stop me from achieving what I set out to.

“I’m hoping now that I can go back, have the doctor take a look at it and I get a little bit of time. I don’t want that much time because there’s a couple of guys I need to beat up.

“I need a little time so that I can be not just 30 per cent, but so I can be 100 per cent inside that cage.”

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