Kamaru Usman Quotes On Life, Fighting and Hard Work

I’ve compiled some of the most powerful Kamaru Usman quotes.

Kamaru Usman was born on the 11th of May, 1987. He is a Nigerian-American professional MMA fighter and former freestyle wrestler. He now fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division, where he is the current UFC Welterweight Champion, with a career record of 20-1 .

Usman was born in the Nigerian town of Auchi. His father was a Nigerian Army major, while his mother was a teacher. As a child growing up in Benin City with his mother and two siblings, Usman experienced abject poverty and a life of destitution.

Muhammed Nasiru Usman, Usman’s father, immigrated to the United States and became a pharmacist. When Usman was eight years old, he moved his family to Dallas, Texas.

25 Kamaru Usman Quotes

  1. “Crazy things happen in this sport, and you have to be ready. And for me, luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

2. “Some guys just like being a fighter, and they live in that world, but I got into this to be champion.”

3. “I believe that I’m not just a fighter in this game; I love to study the sport. And in studying the sport, I believe I have a good eye for the sport, and I’m able to talk about the sport.”

4. “There’s a blessing in everything that happens to us.”

5. “Fighters no longer manage themselves: they have a whole team behind them. A fighter has a manager, an agent, a Hollywood agent – they got this and that. And on top of that, they’ve got their whole team of coaches.”

6. “At the end of the day, my job is to win in impressive fashion.”

 7. “I recall the hard work that my family went through just to continue to live the lifestyle that we were living, which wasn’t by any means a great lifestyle.”

8. “You never say never. That’s one of the lessons I’ve learned.”

9. “My parents didn’t want me to do this. My dad, when I told him I wanted to wrestle, he told me no, if you’re going to play any sports, play baseball.”

10. “I always envisioned hearing them say, ‘and new,’ and wrapping that belt around me and thinking of all the things I was fighting for.”

Kamaru Usman quotes

11. “There comes a time in our careers that you get that one guy. That guy that just makes your blood boil. That really pulls the savage out of you.”

12. “The fight game has changed to where it’s no longer the toughest is fighting the toughest to be the best on the planet.”

 13. “Nobody – nobody – in my division wants to fight me, because I am the hardest fight for anybody.”

14. “I can’t fight forever. Commentating is one of those major things that I definitely feel I want to do and can do.”

15. “I’m a people watcher, and I love to listen.”

16. “When you’re doing something like wrestling – wrestling is one of the toughest and hardest martial arts to learn – but it’s still a form of martial arts. It’s still controlled.” 

17. “I eventually get my hands on Covington, its more than just a fight: it symbolizes so many other things. It symbolizes the attitude toward immigrants in this country and around the world.”

18. “You can’t out-wrestle me. You can’t out-strike me. You don’t have more power than me.”

19. “It’s my job to show up, make weight, and prepare to be a world champion if that opportunity presents itself.”

20. “Once you have an opponent in your mind that you’re preparing for, you’re working on specifics, and you get guys in to mimic what they do.”

 21. “One of the hardest parts of this game, and what I don’t think people understand, is the mental side of it. They think, ‘Oh, he’s a big, stronger guy.’ But let me tell you, and I believe this without question: It’s not always the biggest, strongest, meanest, toughest-looking who gets the job done.”

 22. “I’ve already proved I have what it takes to be the champion. I’m right there.”

23. “I love to study people, and that’s basically what sociology is.”

24. “When you go to hotels, who are the maids who work at most of those hotels? A lot of them are immigrants. We take pride in that because we’re in a better place and want to provide for our families.”

25. “I would love to fight a lot more often, but of course, it’s the UFC, and whenever they feel that they have an opening, then they can put us in there because there are so many fighters.”

My favorite Kamaru Usman quotes are, “You never say never. That’s one of the lessons I’ve learned.” and “There’s a blessing in everything that happens to us.”

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