Las Vegas, Nevada – your Ultimate Fighter 30 The heavyweight champion is Muhammad Usman, who had a great fight at UFC Vegas 59.
Usman (8-2) knocked out Pena teammate Zach Bouga in the second round for the TUF trophy and UFC contract. Usman later told the media, including the Cageside Press, that the fight was “day one” for him.
“This is my first day with the UFC,” Usman said backstage at UFC Apex on Saturday. “Now I can wear UFC stuff and feel accomplished.”
Usman, brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, continued: “I embody this moment. I work with my coach. We work, we work, we work. One thing, we tried to get him out. Because he knew I had strength, but he never really felt my strength. He only felt me when he was training. Training, you’re not trying to knock anyone down in training , but when you get into that octagon, you’re trying to put out someone’s light, and that’s what I did.”
Despite the power advantage, many fans and pundits named Bulgar as the better striker ahead of the game.
“Did they watch him play?” Usman asked. “At the end of the day, did they ever watch him fight? He didn’t have any KOs. He got TKO in the Ultimate Fighting show, but that’s about it. I got KOs in fights. So I know I have more power, I Trained with him and he knew I had more power. He knew exactly what he was here for and I knew it. I was just prepared for whatever he was going to throw at me. I just believed in myself, I believed in my abilities, I believed in my own hands, and I did it.”
Watch Muhammad Usman’s full UFC Vegas 59 post-fight press conference above.