Kamaru Usman displayed a dominant performance over Rafael Dos Anjos to beat him via a unanimous decision in the welterweight main event of The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on Friday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Kamaru Usman won the fight with his high wrestling ability, his top of the line conditioning. He kept Dos Anjos at bay with his crisp jabs and threw numerous takedowns. He spent the majority of the fight on top position and he successfully kept himself away from Dos Anjos submission attempts throughout the fight, but he was also able to score points with his ground and pound.
The judges scored the fight 50-43, 49-45, and 48-47 in favour of the “The Nigerian Nightmare”. He also impressed Dana White and he went as far as saying that he wants to see Usman fight Tyron Woodley next.
What a dominant performance from @USMAN84kg give that man his title shot…
— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) December 1, 2018
Usman looked like a tank tonight
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) December 1, 2018
RDA is so damn good, even when he's losing. #TUF28Finale
— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) December 1, 2018
48-47? What the Fuck? Please fire that judge! Uneducated judges and refs are ruining this sport and careers!
— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) December 1, 2018
RDA/Colby was a closer fight.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 1, 2018
Usman outlanded RDA 102-7 in the final two rounds
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 1, 2018
Kamaru Usman vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio is the fight to make. Book it on the same card as Woodley vs. Covington. #TUF28Finale
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 1, 2018
Rafael dos Anjos may not be a welterweight, but he is most definitely a warrior #TUF28Finale
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) December 1, 2018
Kamaru Usman becomes the 6th fighter in history to start 9-0 in the UFC.
He joins: Anderson Silva, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Royce Gracie, Chris Weidman and Junior Dos Santos. #TUFFinale
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 1, 2018
Usman just relentless. Small cage a big advantage for him against RDA who is moving straight back once again. #TUFFinale
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 1, 2018
Why would you throw leg kicks against Usman? #TUF28Finale
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) December 1, 2018
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) December 1, 2018
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) December 1, 2018
Rafael dos Anjos is world class, but this looked like a tough matchup on paper against Kamaru Usman. And through four rounds, it has played out that way.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 1, 2018
RDA looks like he’s done. #TUF28
— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) December 1, 2018
— UFC (@ufc) December 1, 2018