UFC Champion Kamaru Usman is the subject of this month’s ESPN Cover Story by Dotun Akintoye which is now available across the network's various platforms. Usman shares the story of his upbringing, immigration to the United States, wrestling in high school, and success in the UFC.

Photo Credit: BLAKE JACKSON FOR ESPN | Via ESPN Cover Story

Photo Credit: BLAKE JACKSON FOR ESPN | Via ESPN Cover Story

What’s Happening:

  • The latest ESPN Cover Story debuted today across the network’s digital, linear and social platforms and focuses on UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
  • Last summer, Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal in their first fight at UFC 251, cementing his reputation as one of the UFC’s most dominant forces.
  • For this month’s ESPN Cover Story, writer Dotun Akintoye spoke with Usman about creating a legacy and repaying the debt to his family.

  • The ESPN Cover Story: Kamaru Usman video will air across SportsCenter throughout the day along with a full digital package on the ESPN app and original storytelling across social.

About Kamaru Usman

  • “Born in Nigeria and emigrating to the United States with his family at 8 years old, Usman’s chosen path is a reinterpretation of the American Dream his parents came to this country seeking. Like many immigrants, his success is the product of his family’s sacrifice, their hopes, and his own fierce determination. As he heads into his rematch against Masvidal at UFC 261, in what is maybe the biggest fight of his career, he reflects on his family’s story, which he credits with creating the drive that has gotten him to this point.”