Kamaru Usman becomes first Africa-born UFC champ

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Published on March 3, 2019 - Duration: 00:21s

Kamaru Usman becomes first Africa-born UFC champ

Nigerian-born Kamaru Usman becomes the first African UFC champion and vows to help those less fortunate back home improve their lives.

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Kamaru Usman becomes first Africa-born UFC champ

SHOWS: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 2, 2019) (UFC - MUST COURTESY UFC.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION KAMARU USMAN, SAYING: "In my village where I'm from, there's still not running water everywhere.

People are still struggling to get clean water.

So we're going to put something together, I have an excellent team, a great manager and we're going to put something together, we're going to start an amazing foundation and we're really going to change lives." STORY: Kamaru Usman became the first African-born UFC champion as he defeated Tyrone Woodley for the welterweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (March 2).

Nigerian-born Kamaru Usman dominated the co-main event, backing Woodley up against the fence and ripping dozens of thunderous shots to the body, and then taking his opponent to the mat at will.

Usman told a news conference after his fight that he planned to raise awareness of his humble beginnings and help people back in his village who lack access to clean running water, announcing he'll set up a foundation to help improve lives.

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