When your trash-talk starts becoming reality, it is a clear sign you’re a fighter of the utmost highest caliber there is.
After Kamaru Usman dispatched Sergio Moraes with ease at UFC Fight Night 116, in his post-match interview he proclaimed that he was “a problem” for the welterweight division with an intent to take the division by storm. Said and done; in being such a dynamic and cunning fighter, Kamaru Usman has not only created problems for the welterweight division, but problems for himself. Yes, the Nigerian Nightmare has vocalized on many occasions that he wants a top 10 opponent, but it seems either the UFC won’t grant it, or his opponents are flat-out ducking him.
Now, Usman is poised to take on Emil Meek at UFC 219. Hardly a top-10 match-up, Meek has only one UFC fight under his belt which he won. Even Meek himself, took to twitter to reiterate that Usman is undoubtedly a problem. “I’m going to bed! Hope I don’t get nightmares”. “This can’t be true, no one wants to fight Usman, he’s a problem”, tweeted Meek upon hearing the news. Although this could be just standard-practice tongue-in-cheek banter to hype up and thus promote the fight, rest assured that there is some shred of truth stemming from Meek’s tweets. Usman’s overall record currently stands at an impressive 10-1, having only ever lost his second fight, years ago.
He is also no stranger to the UFC, making his debut in 2015 by emphatically winning The Ultimate Fighter 21 with a performance of the night bonus, and as such, he is on a 6-fight win-streak and showing no signs of slowing down. Even though his opponent isn’t a headline-grabber, Usman will still draw the spotlight at UFC 219 on December 30th at the T-mobile Arena as the event will be the UFC’s last before the year closes out. And with rumors circulating that Daniel Cormier versus Volkan Oezdemir could potentially headline this event, Usman will surely make waves in both the division and the MMA community.