After the UFC confirmed that welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would subsequent defend his title towards Sanford MMA stablemate Gilbert Burns, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has opted to alter camps.
As confirmed by ESPN, Usman will put together for the UFC 251 predominant occasion in Denver below the tutelage of Trevor Wittman. On account of the transfer which is able to mark the primary time Usman has ready for a bout outdoors of Florida, Usman’s nook will encompass Wittman, Jorge Santiago, Mohammad Usman and doubtlessly considered one of Wittman’s star pupils in Justin Gaethje.
“Florida was the bottom for a very long time, however you develop from there,” Usman informed ESPN. “We all the time had a ton of fellows, a number of the finest coaching companions on the market and a few nice coaches.
“However I needed a bit extra particular consideration at this level in my profession — somebody to have the ability to say, ‘You’re going to come back in at this time and work on this specific talent.’ It’s very powerful to do this when there are 40 to 50 guys within the room with you who additionally have to get consideration.”
Burns in the meantime will stay at Sandford MMA however head coach Henri Hooft has eliminated himself from the bout.
“Our predominant coach, Henri Hooft, he stepped out,” Burns confirmed. “He stated, ‘I don’t need to go both manner. I don’t need to choose a facet. You guys practice. I’ll be right here on the fitness center. If you wish to practice right here, we will practice. However I’m not going to the combat.’
“For me, it doesn’t change an excessive amount of. It’s just a bit bizarre to combat Kamaru. I actually just like the man so much. We’ve educated collectively since 2012 or 2013, so we’ve put numerous time collectively.”