Kamaru Usman’s ‘little’ brother Muhammad, a heavyweight beast, is one win away from the UFC dream

UFC pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman’s ‘little’ brother Muhammad, a 6ft 2in, 256lb heavyweight beast, once scored a KO in 48 seconds and has a chance to also join the UFC with an Ultimate Fighter win

  • Mohammed Usman faces Zac Pauga in the Ultimate Fighter final this weekend
  • His brother Kamaru Usman is the welterweight champion and ranked No. 1 P4P
  • Standing at 6ft 2ins and weighing around 254lbs, Mohammed dwarfs Kamaru
  • There’s 85lbs difference in the brothers’ fighting weight and two years in age
  • Mohammed is 7-2 in MMA but Kamaru is an impressive 20-1 and unbeaten in the UFC

Mohammed Usman, the little brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, will attempt to win a UFC contract this Saturday in the final of the 30th season of the Ultimate Fighter.

But there is nothing ‘little’ about Mohammed. Standing at 6ft 2ins and weighing around 254lbs, the Nigerian looks like an even bigger beast than his brother.

Kamaru fights at welterweight which is 170lbs, but he is the pound-for-pound king right now with a professional record of 20-1 including having never lost in the UFC with five successful title defenses.

Mohammed (left) and Kamaru (right) are brothers but are very different in size and stature

Mohammed (left) and Kamaru (right) are brothers but are very different in size and stature

Mohammed is two years younger and got into MMA a little later after originally pursuing American Football.

He has a record of 7-2 with three wins by knockout – including one in just 48 seconds – and two by submission.

This Saturday in Las Vegas, Mohammed takes on the unbeaten Zac Pauga and despite all the chatter heading into the fight centers on comparisons with his famous brother, the heavyweight doesn’t mind at all.

‘I love it,’ Usman said at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 40 media day. ‘He’s an Usman. It’s our last name. I’m here because of my brother for the aspect of him starting fighting before me.’

‘I had to put in the work to get here,’ Usman said. ‘Fighting is fighting. It’s not, ‘Oh, Kamaru’s your brother. Now let’s just push you up here. You’re in the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finale. , you don’t have to fight these two hard monsters that are coming in at 265 pounds to be here. We’ll just put you here because your brother is Kamaru Usman.’

That’s false. Everything about fighting is yourself. That’s why I love it so much, because as much as people talk about my brother, that’s why I love it because I’m still the one that has to go out there and compete and have to fight and have to win for you guys to even be up here and talk crap to me and tell me about my brother. If I don’t win, I’m not even getting up here and looking at you guys.’

Mohammed has won both of his UFC fights thus far and he needs one more to earn a contract

Mohammed has won both of his UFC fights thus far and he needs one more to earn a contract

Mohammed has scored two wins on the Ultimate Fighter thus far with decision victories over Mitchell Sipe and Eduardo Perez. Should he win a UFC contract, we could see the Usman brothers on the same card.

However, Kamaru isn’t sure if he’d like losing his hype man.

I don’t know if I want to fight on the same card as him, you know? If you’ve ever seen my brother in my corner, that’s the ultimate hype man,’ Usman told reporters last month.

While his brother Kamaru is a ripped 170lbs, Mohammed is an intimidating 256lbs of muscle

While his brother Kamaru is a ripped 170lbs, Mohammed is an intimidating 256lbs of muscle

Mohammed hits the exact same pose as his brother Kamaru does before the bell rings

Mohammed hits the exact same pose as his brother Kamaru does before the bell rings

I kind of need him. I need my brother there hyping me up too. If it happens, it happens, but I love cornering him. I love being a voice of reason for him, and I love having him in my corner because, you know, you’re not messing with me when my brother is around me.’

Mohammed has the chance to impress UFC boss Dana White on Saturday and he’s taking on a man he has trained with several times, too.

I’ve trained with Zac. I’ve trained with him fairly well. I train with a lot of guys down in Colorado. It’s a big group of guys. Zac is a good guy, he’s a great guy.

I’m for him to get this opportunity, as well. I just look forward to getting in there and competing.’

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