Nigerian born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman has shared tales of his humble starting in Nigeria earlier than relocating to the US in the hunt for greener pastures.
In an interview on Channels Tv, Usman who’s UFC’s present welterweight champion recalled promoting fufu whereas residing in Edo state.
The Auchi-born fighter who moved to the US on the age of 8, described his mom as a hustler who offered various things.
“We grew up within the village. We farmed. As a small boy, farm boy, I used to hawk Akpu, put sizzling Akpu on my head. I got here from nothing.
“There may be simply battle day-after-day, the battle to, how are we gonna eat subsequent week, subsequent month. What are we gonna do?
“We owned a small retailer the place we offered garments, we offered sneakers, my mum offered luggage, something that we might promote, my mum was in a position to get and attempt to promote. My mum was a hustler and that is among the issues I respect a lot about her as a lady with three rowdy Naija boys.”
The fighter additionally disclosed that his father went to jail whereas he was nonetheless in school, and in addition talked concerning the father-daughter bond he enjoys along with his five-year-old daughter, Samirah.
“My daughter, Samirah, I really like her to loss of life. She’s very intriguing to me as a result of from about 6 months to about three and half years of her life, she went to the health club with me day-after-day. Then she hit about 5 years after which she began saying, ‘ I’m not going to do that daddy, proper. I’m not going do that sport.’
“I feel I’ve to only settle for that and actually I don’t suppose I need her to this sport anyway. She’s received her factor, she’s doing gymnastics and for self defence. She does Ju-Jitsu as a result of she has to discover ways to management the scenario if something occurs. I’m okay with these proper now.”
The UFC Champion additional revealed he’s planning to totally transfer into commentary and evaluation of combined martial arts after retirement.
“Speaking concerning the Sport that I’ve spent a lot time in, that’s a dream. So now as a substitute of getting punched within the face you’re speaking about people who find themselves getting punched within the face. And so, it’s a dream for me however I’m slowly getting my ft moist in it and discovering my floor as a result of it’s one thing I positively need to do after I stroll away from this sport.”