Kamaru Usman‘s brother Mohammed says he is going to work hard to get out of the shadow of his more famous sibling.
On Saturday night Mohammed made his UFC debut with brother Kamaru, 35, cornering him against his most recent opponent Zac Pauga, 34, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Usman beat Pauga with a second-round knockout to be crowned the winner of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 30 heavyweight finale.
However, the shadow of his UFC welterweight champion brother will always loom over Mohammed, 32, now that he has followed in his footsteps.
But, despite being in awe of his brother’s achievements, he insists he wants to do things his own way.
Usman told MMA Junkie: “I’m just trying to write my own path.
“My brother’s already did what he needed to – he’s already did more than I could ever dream of in this sport.
“So I’m just blazing my own path, I’m just taking it a day at a time and blazing my own path.
“It feels like it’s the start of my journey. It’s Day 1, so this is my first day on the job in the UFC. Now I can put the UFC stuff on and feel accomplished.”
The younger brother of pound-for-pound king Kamaru, it’s fair to say that Mohammed has experienced many ups and downs over the course of his career so far.
Usman’s brother made his debut for Tachi PF in 2017 where he quickly became a huge hit with the fans.
He lost his first fight against Don’Tale Mayes a year later, before then signing a four-fight deal with Titan FC in early 2019.
However, after signing a deal with the PFL in 2021, he failed to win a single fight before ultimately parting ways with the promotions.
But despite the multiple setbacks it appears that he never gave up on his childhood dream of winning a UFC contract.
He added: “I manifested this moment.
“Me and my coaches, we worked, we worked, we worked and that’s the No. 1 thing we worked on.
“We worked on putting him away because he knows that I have power but he’s never really felt my power. He’s only felt me at training. Training, you’re not trying to knock nobody out in training.
When you get in that octagon, you’re trying to put somebody’s lights out and that’s what I did.”