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Kamaru Usman Named Fighter Of The Year

Kamaru Usman, the UFC welterweight champion, has been awarded the Fighter of the Year by ESPN and the MMAfighting website, defeating Charles Oliveira, Ciryl Gane, Julianna Pena, Rose Namajunas, and Kayla Harrison.

According to MMAfighting, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ received 107 points to win the prize, with Oliveira coming in second with 87 points and Gane coming in third with 53 points.

Usman had a fantastic 2021, winning all three of the contests he entered. In February, he knocked out former partner Gilbert Burns, followed by knockout victory over Jorge Mashvidal in April and unanimous decision victories over Colby Covington in November.

After winning three of his last five fights by knockout (punches), the Nigerian has been named the top pound-for-pound fighter in the series. He won the award ahead of Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya.

Usman’s performance in 2021 drew parallels to one of the best UFC fighters of all time, Georges St-Pierre, and considering the caliber of his opponents, the thunderous manner in which he won the fights, and his level of activity, Usman became an easy candidate for the Fighter of the Year award.

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