“It would have meant a lot if he had been with me”: Kamaru Usman admits he will be sad that his father is not on the cage after his release from prison as he “tries to break Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251”
- Kamaru Usman will face Jorge Masvidal on Saturday evening at UFC 251
- The father of the UFC Welterweight Champion was released from prison in February
- He hoped to be cage side rather than looking at basic cables in prison
- Muhammed spent the majority of a 180-month prison sentence for healthcare fraud
It will be a bittersweet moment for Kamaru Usman on Saturday night as he lines up for UFC 251 in an empty arena without his father’s side.
The father of the UFC welterweight champion, Muhammed, was released from prison in Texas in February after serving a 180-month prison sentence for health care fraud, according to ESPN.
He watched his son – “The Nigerian Nightmare” – in the Octagon on base cable in prison.
Kamaru Usman will defend his UFC welterweight title belt on Saturday evening at UFC 251
He hoped that his father, Muhammed (center, depicted with Usman and his brothers), would be able to attend
Hoping he would be there in person this summer, Usman admitted, “Pre-Covid-19 pandemic, this was the culmination of everything I’ve done.
“This was when my dad could be in the cage to watch his son who had worked to be the center of the world.
“It’s good that he can watch it live on pay-per-view at home, but it would have meant a lot if he were with me,” he said Thursday on the UFC’s virtual media day.
Usman defends his title against late substitute Jorge Masvidal, insisting he “wants to hear every scotland” in the absence of the corwd’s overhyping.
Usman, pictured with UFC supremo Dana White, heads for this weekend’s spectacle
Jorge Masvidal acted as Usman’s opponent after Gilbert Burns had to withdraw
He continued, “There’s another fight you’re fighting with yourself that … can sometimes get lost in a stadium of 20,000 people. It can cheer you up or be a disadvantage.
“But now you have a man who beats you up and talks to you and lets him know his dominance over you. It’s another level to mentally break someone.
“Beating their butt from start to finish breaks them internally and takes away something they can never get back,” said Usman, whose original opponent Gilbert Burns retired last week after testing positive for coronavirus.