Nigerians are best-known to travel far and wide. They do not only survive in whichever country they discover themselves and become undefeated world-famous celebrities in a long run. In the Entertainment industry nowadays, there are many celebrated blacks that are glorious in their arts. Individuals generally assume they’re black Americans, or from other parts of Africa, however the fact remains, quite a number of these actors, sportsmen and musicians are Nigerians by decent.
Here are three Nigerians wrestlers making us proud internationally:
He is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the current UFC Welterweight Champion. Usman is also The Ultimate Fighter 21 tournament winner. As of March 27, 2019, he is #7 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman was born in Auchi, Nigeria. His father was in the Nigerian Army. Usman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 8 years old. He started wrestling in his sophomore year in high school, at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas.
Because Usman’s wrestling coach at the time had trouble pronouncing his real first name, he was given the nickname “Marty” while he was on the team and it stuck with him during his amateur wrestling career. After compiling a 53–3 record in high school wrestling, Usman wrestled alongside Jon Jones at the senior national tournament before leaving for college.
Israel Mobolaji Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer. He is the former Glory middleweight contender winner and King in the Ring two-time cruiser weight and heavyweight champion, which is the most titles in King in the Ring history. He currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the Interim Middleweight Champion. As of April 16, 2018, he is ranked the #1 in the official UFC middleweight rankings.
Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He trained taekwondo for a brief time in his youth but was removed by his mother after breaking his arm. At the age of 13, he moved to Rotorua, New Zealand and attended Rotorua Boys’ High School. He started training in kickboxing at age 18 after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak and went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32-0 prior to moving and fighting in China.
At the age of 21, Adesanya relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, and began training at City Kickboxing with other established fighters such as Kai Kara-France and Dan Hooker.
He is a British professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, holding three of the four major championships in boxing: the IBF title since 2016, the WBA (Super) title since 2017, and the WBO title since 2018. He has also held the IBO title since 2017, and at regional level he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016.
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born on 15 October 1989 in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Yeta and Robert Joshua. His mother is Nigerian, while his father is English with Nigerian and Irish ancestry. Joshua’s specific Nigerian background can be traced back to the Yoruba people. His cousin, Ben Lleyemi, is also a professional boxer. The pair made their professional debuts together in 2013.
Joshua spent some of his early years in Nigeria as a boarding school student at Mayflower School, Ikenne. Following his parents’ divorce when he was 12, he returned to the UK halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, he was called “Femi” by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name, Oluwafemi. He excelled at football and athletics and broke his school’s Year Nine 100 m record with a time of 11.6 seconds.
As of September 2018, Joshua is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec. Known for his exceptional punching power, he has finished all but one of his fights to date by knockout.