The “Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman gave the MAGA Trump-supporting UFC fighter Colby Convington a broken jaw in the main event at Saturday’s UFC 245. But, it’s his response to Convington’s racist remarks that has Usman going viral with his explanation on why he’s “the real American”.
Convington is a proud Trump supporter who walked into the ring on Saturday night dripping in full MAGA gear from head to toe. Before the fight, Covington promised to present the championship belt to Donald Trump at the White House while mocking Usman’s African heritage, asking:
“What has [Usman’s] family ever done for America beside serve in the Federal penitentiary?”
Welp, that racist comment was all the motivation Usman needed to completely shatter Convington’s jaw during the fight! It’s also worth noting that Usman’s family immigrated to the U.S. when he was just 8-year-old and he gained his citizenship at 9 years old. However, Covington still entered the ring to chants of “USA! USA!” from xenophobic UFC fans.
Covington has arrived!!! #UFC245 pic.twitter.com/586dnTfWTJ— Dana White (@danawhite) December 15, 2019
But, Convington might need help chanting “USA” after Usman dislocated his jaw mid-fight.
Colby Covington suffered a broken jaw against Kamaru Usman… #UFC245 pic.twitter.com/k8wjhITZFz— SMH (@BTCballer1) December 15, 2019
Convington blamed his loss on the referees “robbing” him of a win after they ended the fight following his broken jaw. But it was Usman’s post-fight press conference has gone viral for his explanation on why he’s a true American hero. When asked about the chanting Trump-supporters, the first African UFC champion explained why he assumed the chants were for him.
“What you talking about? They were chanting USA for me,” said Usman. “Let’s be honest. I’ve said it time and time again: I’m more American than him. I am what it means to be an American. I’m an immigrant that came here and worked my ass off tirelessly to get to the top, and I’m still prevailing. So that’s what it means to be an American.”
“It’s not necessarily just because you’re born here, you feel privileged is what it means to be an American. No. I told you none of these guys work harder than me. That’s what it means to be an American. I work my ass off, and I’m going to continue to work my ass off and obviously with good integrity.”
“I don’t have to walk around like a punk and say these certain things that are going to abuse the whole country or abuse the whole world and talk about people and religions — things like that. I don’t have to. I’m going to walk with integrity because at the end of the day, I want everyone that’s watching me, every eye that’s on me, to look at me and say, ‘You know what, that’s what we want to be, that’s the example that we like.’ And so, I’m more American than him. So, when they were chanting ‘USA,’ you damn sure better believe that was because of me.”
Kamaru Usman's response to the "USA chants" at the #UFC245 post fight press conference is FIRE!🔥#Usman pic.twitter.com/GN0oEtD69z— Andres Cabrera (@SquadLeaderAce) December 15, 2019