Monday, December 23, 2019

Immigrant of the Day: Kamaru Usman

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Meet Nigerian-born U.S. citizen and UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.

Recently, Usman faced off against U.S. born Colby Covington who, as it turns out, proudly walks around wearing a MAGA hat. Needless the say, the men exchanged words leading up to their mid-December match.

During the match itself, Usman broke Covington's jaw. Yikes. Sportsing is dangerous.

What caught my eye about the fight wasn't the jaw breaking. It was Usman's comments after the fight.

Several people in attendance at the match shouted "USA! USA!" and Usman spoke to reporters about why those chants were for him:

“What you talking about? They were chanting USA for me. Let’s be honest. I’ve said it time and time again: I’m more American than him. You know, I am what it means to be an American. You know, I’m an immigrant that come here and work my ass off tirelessly to get to the top, and I’m still prevailing. And so that’s what it means to be an American. It’s not necessarily just because you’re born here, you feel privileged is what it means to be an American. No. I told you none of these guys work harder than me. That’s what it means to be an American. I work my ass off, and I’m gonna to continue to work my ass off and obviously with good integrity. I don’t have to walk around like a punk and say certain things and abuse the whole country or abuse the whole world and talk about people and religions – things like that. I don’t have to. You know. I’m gonna walk with integrity because at the end of the day, I want everyone that’s watching me, every eye that’s on me, to look at me and say, ‘You know what, that’s what we want to be, that’s the example that we like.’ And so, you know, I’m more American than him. So, when they were chanting ‘USA,’ that was, you damn sure better believe that was because of me.”


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