President Mohammadu Buhari has Congratulates Kamaru Usman over his successful UFC welterweight title defense on Sunday against Jorge Masvidal at the United Arab Emirate.
Buhari through a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser, Garba Shehu, said that Usman lifted spirits in this COVID-19 with his win.
“As the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, President Buhari commends the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands, and reminding the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria.
“While the global COVID-19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations, the President is delighted and gratified that our welterweight champion has lifted our spirits with another professional performance proving that things will surely get better at the fullness of time when we remain committed to our vision”, the statement read.
Usman’s gritty display earned him scores of 50-45, 50-45, 49-46 from the three judges after five gruelling rounds.
Usman’s victory improved his record to 17-1 and extended his winning streak to 16 fights
Usman won the first two rounds but Masvidal took the third.
At the end, all judges unanimously gave the fight to Usman, who has remained undefeated in the category.
The Auchi, Edo State born fighter proved a magnanimous champion after the fight as he was seen having a friendly discussion with his challenger despite the hostility before the fight.