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Mohammed Usman Wins as Usman Brothers Continue Fighting Legacy

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Standing at 6 ft 2 inches, heavyweight fighter Mohammed Usman, brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, outfought Mitchell Sipe to secure a berth in The Ultimate Fighter 30 semi-final. The episode was released recently as a part of the latest season, and features both flyweights and heavyweights.

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, current UFC women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Peña led the teams partake in the third round of The Ultimate Fighter.

Both fighters, who are well-known rivals in the UFC after Pena dethroned Amanda off her bantamweight title, will go on to face each other in a rematch on July 30th. For now, though, Usman represented Pena’s camp, while Amanda was on the coaching set for Mitchell Sipe.

Rivals Clash in TUF

Just as the coaching corners were engulfed with rivalry, it was also bad blood between Usman and Sipe in a build-up to the match. Unfortunately for Sipe, ‘The Motor’ would eventually emerge victorious in the heavily heated contest.

Usman recovered from Sipe’s knockdown and a lack of control in the first round to secure a unanimous decision win as the judges deemed his striking to have more impact. Sipe faced criticism from his coaching corner for the lack of concentration after his first-round near-win which led to Usman’s resurgence.

Still, the American, after the decisions, would not accept defeat assuring Usman of expecting his revenge- a behavior which the UFC president Dana White labeled as commendable. “I love the talking and craziness; This dude is f****** nuts.”- White said.

Sipe’s constant war of words before and during the fight did not affect the Nigerian sensation as he recovered well after his first-round setback to outpoint Sipe after the final bell. After emerging victorious, he dedicated his win to his three-year-old son, who drowned three years ago in an emphatical post-fight interview. “He is the main reason that I fight,” he said.

Usman would, however, shift his focus to his next fight as the TUF 30 heavyweight and flyweight finalists will compete for a six-figure UFC contract at a finale in an undisclosed date. His brother, on the other hand, is recovering from his hand surgery and is set to take all the time he could ever want to heal before another title defense against Leon Edwards.

Many do not think that the second brother Usman will become a champion, but only time will tell.

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