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UFC will Surpass Rumble in the Jungle Fight – Usman

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says an MMA event on the continent could be even bigger than the legendary Rumble in the Jungle boxing clash between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman.

Usman became the first UFC champion from Africa when he defeated Tyron Woodley in March 2019.

He has since been joined by fellow Nigerian Israel Adesanya, who claimed the interim middleweight belt by beating Kevin Gastellum, before going on to consolidate that by winning the undisputed title of Robert Whittaker.

Cameroonian Francis Ngannou completed the trident of African winners when he claimed the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.

This rush of three division champions from Africa has not gone unnoticed, with UFC president Dana White saying on a podcast that he is open to the idea of a fight there, and equally confident of rivalling the Ali-Foreman fight.

“Hosting a UFC event in Africa would be groundbreaking,” Usman, 34, told ESPN. “It would be monumental.

“We all know the significance of the Rumble in the Jungle, the fight with (Muhammad Ali and George Foreman) in Africa, and how massive that was and I think UFC would easily be bigger than that.”

It was recently announced that Usman’s next bout is against Colby Covington at UFC 268, though the date and location has yet to be decided.

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