Nigerian mixed martial arts superstar, kamaru usmanhas revealed that his detour into movies and Hollywood is not a distraction from his mixed martial arts career, but just his planning for the next stage of his life.

The former UFC welterweight champion revealed this when answering a question from this reporter at the press conference for his upcoming MMA masterpiece, Face Off Fight Night 3, which will take place in Lagos on Thursday, December 29.

Kamaru Usman’s first film role in Black Panther; wakandan forever

Kamaru Usman got his first movie role when he appeared in the latest installment of the Black Panther franchise, Black Panther; Wakanda forever. Many critics were quick to point out that this was a distraction that could have contributed to his loss of his UFC welterweight title in August.

But the former champion doesn’t think it was exactly a distraction. According to him, he will not fight forever, so it is important that he plan his life after his career in the ring by positioning himself in an industry as viable as Hollywood.

“For me, as an athlete, I’m just planning the next chapter of my life,” revealed the former champion.

“You know I can’t fight forever. There was a champion before me, and there will definitely be a champion after me. I can’t be the champion forever. Even myself, I don’t want to be punching people’s faces forever. So it’s not a distraction. I’m just using this as a vehicle into the next phase of my life.”

Kamaru Usman's first film role in Black Panther;  Wakanda Forever Photo Credit: (Kamaru Usman's Twitter handle)
Kamaru Usman’s first film role in Black Panther; wakandan forever

The Nigerian Nightmare also announced that it will bring new MMA championships to Nigeria and Africa in general. Called the ‘African Championship Knockouts’, it will allow African fighters to win professional MMA titles in different weight classes.

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Kamaru Usman also announced plans to collaborate with the Lagos State Ministry of Sports to establish an MMA federation in Lagos.

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According to Lagos State Sports Commissioner Sola Aiyepeku, who was present on the occasion, the federation would help budding MMA fighters hone their skills and use the opportunity as a springboard for their careers so they can improve. their lives and the lives of their families.

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