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Kamaru Usman's Comments on African UFC Fighter Stirs Controversy

By: Ujan Chakraborty Image credit: UFC

UFC 286 will feature Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman's trilogy fight with the welterweight title on the line. Usman will try to recover from his last KO loss in their fight at UFC 278.

Usman, however, is currently involved in another controversy over recent remarks made by South African UFC middleweight Dricus Du Plessis regarding his African ethnicity and nationality.

Du Plessis claimed he is the only true African fighter on the current UFC roster as he still resides on his continent. His remarks caught the attention of The Nigerian Nightmare and he responded-

"Just because I go to China and my parents are in China, I’m raised in China, doesn’t make me more Chinese than people from China..just because you went over to South Africa doesn’t make you African.”

Although Usman's comments were not negative, he did fail to acknowledge that Du Plessis, who was born in Pretoria, is indeed a true African and not someone who just got raised there.

Usman was born in Nigeria, Africa. His family later moved to the USA. But Usman is very loyal to his African heritage. Maybe that's why he is triggered of Du Plessis's statement. 

The fans didn't appreciate Usman for making such statements. Many fans pointed out Du Plessis was born in Africa and others even criticized Usman for making false claims. 

Fans think that Usman's statement was very dumb and racist of him to say such things to another UFC fighter, Dricus Du Plessis. 

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