Kamaru Usman Feels UFC Fight In Africa Can Be Bigger Than The Rumble In The Jungle
UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman believes that it’s time for the UFC to hold an event in Africa, claiming that the fights in the continent will pull off huge numbers.
“Hosting a UFC event in Africa would be groundbreaking. It would be monumental,” Usman said in a recent interview with ESPN.
“We all know the significance of the Rumble in the Jungle, the fight with [Muhammad Ali and George Foreman] here in Africa, and how massive that was and I think UFC would easily be bigger than that,” he added.
The Nigerian Nightmare has been in the United States since he was nine. He was born in Africa and returned to the continent for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Usman holds the distinction of being the first Africa-born fighter to become a UFC titleholder.
Then followed Israel Adesanya who shook up the middleweight division soon after making his UFC debut in 2018 and captured the title.
Francis Ngannou became the third African-born UFC star to have won a UFC championship fight. Ngannou was crowned the heavyweight champ at UFC 260 when he knocked out former champ Stipe Miocic.
As for Usman, he feels that it’s now his time to shine on the grand stage of the world of combat sports.
“The Ali-Foreman ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ all that stuff I remember growing up, I haven’t had mine yet, but it’s coming. We’re looking at Africa in 2022, so I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.
Usman’s next bout was recently announced for UFC 268 against Colby Covington, but a date and location has yet to be finalized.