The “Nigerian Nightmare” again reminds the welterweight division that he’s a problem.
In the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale at the Palms Casino, Kamaru Usman defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.
For the better part of five rounds, Usman dominated the former lightweight champion; though there was dissention between the judges on just how dominant with scorecards reading 50-43, 49-45 and 48-47.
Dos Anjos did have moments of success in the earlier rounds, such as a terrifying upkick from his back which snapped Usman’s head back and a kimura threat from bottom.
Though in the final two rounds, Usman really put his foot on the accelerator, outlanding the Brazilian in significant strikes 75-13 (according to FightMetric).
Extending his win streak to 13, Usman is now 14-1 and knocking at the door for a title shot.
“I’m a man on a mission. You know, I got into this sport and I made a statement. I’m coming for that welterweight strap, so now tonight I hope I took a step closer towards that,” Usman told commentator Jimmy Smith.
“I’m tired of the talking. I ask for the fights. I get ‘em, sometimes I don’t get ‘em. You know, tonight I hope I showed that not only can I go five rounds but I can dominate and I’m next in line for that welterweight strap.”
After the fight, Dana White expressed his interested in seeing Usman taking on the current champion Tyron Woodley in preference to who many presumed would be next in line – Colby Covington.
Rafael dos Anjos now drops to 28-11, making it his second loss in a row after being defeated by Covington in a fight for the interim welterweight title in June.