When Kamaru Usman beat Colby Covington, thus becoming UFC Welterweight champion in Las Vegas on Saturday, he had an eloquent message for his trash-talking, President Donald Trump-supporting opponent, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Covington is well-known for having promised to present the championship belt to Trump at the White House. He’s also insulted Usman’s Nigerian heritage by asking: “[What] has Usman’s family ever done for America beside serve in the Federal penitentiary?” The Root reports.
So Kamaru Usman KO’d snowflake MAGA boy Colby Covington AND broke his jaw?
You hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/dpXX95HRmd
— Big Domas Energy🏌⛳ (@Nick_Russell1) December 15, 2019
Covington is bombastic, brazen, obnoxious, and openly racist, having demonstrated that after beating Brazil’s Demian Maia by calling his Brazilian fans “filthy animals.” He was fond of calling himself “the American dream.”
But that “American dream” became a nightmare for Covington at T-Mobile Arena when Usman blasted him with a pulverizing blow to the chin. Usman, dubbed the “Nigerian nightmare,” by some had already fractured Covington’s jaw early on, but then delivered the final blow. Covington, for his part, got up from the mat a couple of times after that, but the deal was pretty much sealed.
Usman became a U.S. citizen at age nine after his family emigrated from Nigeria the year before, and he had an eloquent response to the Trump supporters who chanted “USA! USA!” as the fight began.
“Let’s be honest. I’ve said it time and time again: I’m more American than him,” Usman said post fight. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Here’s his electrifying speech below.
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
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