Kamaru Usman entered “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” main event on Friday in Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to secure a title shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Now that the dust has settled, he appears to have done so. The Hard Knocks 365 product put himself in excellent position with a one-sided decision win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Usman immediately looked to take the center of the Octagon and began applying pressure on his opponent, walking dos Anjos to the fence for an early takedown. It became a running theme of their fight. “The Nigerian Nightmare” handled his business across five rounds, as he succeeded at stifling dos Anjos at nearly every turn on his way to a blowout on the scorecards. UFC President Dana White indicated that the performance may have put Usman next in line for a crack at the welterweight belt currently in Tyron Woodley’s possession.