Former Wildcat Mohammed Usman wins Ultimate Fighter in UFC

Since his football career in Arizona was needed, former Wildcats defensive lineman Mohammed Usman focused on mixed martial arts.

His career may not have lasted long in Tucson, but after a short stint with the Wildcats, former Arizona Football defensive end Mohammed Usman found his calling in professional combat.

Following in the footsteps of his highly successful older brother, reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Mohammed took another massive step forward in his professional fighting career on Saturday.

Appearing on UFC’s Ultimate Fighter, a TV series and mixed martial arts competition featuring multiple MMA athletes, everyone comes with the same goal, earning a prized six-figure contract in the UFC.

Competing at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV, Usman would face Zac Pauga aka “The Ripper.” Minutes later, Mohammed (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) defeated Pauga with a massive second-round knockout.

Earning his right to compete now in the UFC, former Wildcat Mohammed Usman is on an impressive trajectory like his brother.

Originally from Nigeria, the Usman brothers came to the United States as children, where they settled in Dallas before becoming world-class athletes.

Kamaru would take up fighting and wrestling, meanwhile, his younger brother Mohammed, became a D1 football rookie, eventually heading to Tucson where he played with the Arizona Football program under Mike Stoops.

Appearing with the Wildcats from 2010 to 2011, Usman would appear in 14 games for the Wildcats, totaling 21 tackles (10 solo) with a sack and a tackle for loss.

Although his football career hasn’t necessarily turned out the way he hoped, Mohammed is well on his way to following in his brothers’ footsteps in professional combat. So far, he has earned his first UFC victory and also secured a lucrative six-figure contract.

Here is just a recap of that fight. (Please note that these highlights can be a little disturbing if fighting bothers you).

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