Sherdog Prospect Watch: Mohammed Usman

Mohammed Usman will look to secure his spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster when he meets undefeated Zac Pauga in ‘The Ultimate Fighter 30’ heavyweight finale as part of UFC on ESPN 40 main card. this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Usman enters his Octagon debut with a 7-2 record and a 71% finish rate, despite doing his damage against less than stellar opposition.

Usman makes the most of his overwhelming physique by towering over his opponents with fearsome power and unusual agility. No matter where the fight takes place, the former college football player likes to stay in control of the situation. “The Motor” usually ends fights with strikes, as three of his wins have come by knockout or technical knockout. Usman also showcased some intriguing wrestling skills in his first two pro fights, scoring back-to-back submissions via kimura. The younger brother of current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, he has already proven he has the cardio to go three full rounds, going 2-1 when pushed to go the distance .

Usman’s professional debut came at Tachi Palace Fights 31 in May 2017, when he needed just 76 seconds to put away Derrick Williams with a kimura. His second assignment lasted just 68 seconds, as he once again turned to kimura to fire Dante Harrell at TPF 32 three months later. Usman’s third appearance saw him crush Van Michael Palacio with punches at 4:52 of the first round of their pairing TPF 33 on November 2, 2017. His first real test came in the form of a back-and-forth -comes with Don’Tale Mayes. , who earned a unanimous decision over Usman under the Victory Fighting Championship banner in April 2018.

After spending 11 months on the sidelines, Usman signed with Titan Fighting Championship and posted his first decision win over Frank Tate in his promotional debut at Titan 53. He followed up the performance with a first-round technical knockout. Alexis Garcia at Titan 57 on Oct. December 19, 2019, he then knocked out Reggie Cato in 48 seconds at Titan 58 two months later; it remains Usman’s fastest finish to date. His stellar record and eye-catching skills caught the eye of the Professional Fighters League, which signed Usman for its ill-fated 2020 regular season. The coronavirus pandemic shattered those plans and Usman returned to compete at Titan 63, where he edged out Terrance Hodges to a unanimous decision in August 2020. He finally made his PFL debut on May 6, 2021, while being choked out by Brandon Sayles. in his final appearance before being cast in “The Ultimate Fighter”.

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