Minister Congratulates Usman For Retaining Ultimate Fighting Championship Belt 

Encomium has continued to trail the exploits of Nigerian  born pugilist, Kamarudeen Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting  Championship  belt against  Jorge Masvidal over the weekend with the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare being the latest to praise the pugilist for his feat. 
According  to a  statement  by the  Media Office of the Minister, Usman’s win is not only inspiring, but a confirmation of the never say die Nigerian spirit .
Kamorudeen Usman
“A big congratulations to Usman for making Nigeria proud by retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship title against Jorge Masvidal. His tenacity, courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit of never giving up.
He is not only a worthy champion, but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud. Once again he has shown that  he is not just a patriot, but an embodiment  of  a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively.. You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria”. 
Usman retained his title via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, 12 July, 2020. 
The fight was almost called off due to  disagreement over pay.
Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement for his earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive for Covid-19. 
The feat was Usman’s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate.
Usman earned $600,000 appearance  fee and $40,000 as incentives, while his challenger got $500,000.
The Nigerian  Nighmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights, losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013.

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