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Sports Minister Hails Usman Over UFC Title Defense

Encomium has continued to trail the exploits of Nigerian  born pugilist Kamarudeen Usman for retaining  his Ultimate fighting  Championship  belt against  Jorge Masvidal over the weekend.

Kamarudeen Usman

According  to a  statement  by the  Media office  of  Youth and Sports  Development  Minister Mr Sunday Dare, Usman’s win is not only inspiring, but a confirmation  of the never say die Nigerian  spirit .

” A big congratulations  to Usman for making Nigeria  proud by retaining  his Ultimate fighting Championship  title against  Jorge  Masvidal. His tenacity, courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit  of never giving up. He is not only a worthy champion, but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud.  Once again  he has shown that  he is  not  just  a  patriot, but an embodiment  of  a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively. .  You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria” the statement concluded.

Usman retained his title via unanimous  decision  in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The fight was almost called off due to disagreement over pay. Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement to his earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive for Covid-19.

The feat was Usman’s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate. Usman earned $600,000 appearance fee and $40,000 as incentives, while his challenger got $500,000.

The Nigerian Nighmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights, losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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