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Kamaru Usman named fighter of the year

UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, has been named the Fighter of the Year by ESPN and respected Mixed Martial Arts website, MMAfighting.

The ‘Nigerian nightmare’ edged out Charles Oliveira, Ciryl Gane, Julianna Pena, Rose Namajunas and Kayla Harrison to the prestigious award.

According to MMAfighting  Usman polled a total of 107 points to win the award while Oliveira finished second with 87 points and Gane garnered 53 points coming third.

Usman had an explosive 2021 winning all three fights he went into the octagon for. He defeated former teammate Gilbert Burns via knockout in February before claiming second victories against Jorge Mashvidal in April via knockout and Colby Covington via unanimous decision in November.

The Nigerian has also been ranked the best pound-for-pound fighter in the franchise after earning knockout (punches) victory in three of his last five fights. He beat Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya to the accolade.

His performance in 2021 has earned him comparisons with one of the all-time best UFC fighters, Georges St-Pierre and given the quality of his opposition in 2021, the resounding way he won the fights and his activity level, Usman became an easy choice for the Fighter of the Year award.

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