Africa has been a continent that has produced some incredible combat athletes in recent years, and there are some sensational talents in 2021. The last year has seen. For now, let’s take a quick look at Africa’s top combat athletes that are competing in their respective sport.
1. Anthony Joshua
One of the best heavyweight boxers in the world right now. Most boxing fans don’t know his background that well and to your surprise he has Nigerian heritage. His mother is 100% Nigerian. Joshua grew up in Nigeria in his early years. A bit far-fetched you might say BUT, he has the African bloodline to justify stating that he’s an African athlete. He’s has mentioned more than once in interviews how much he loves his Nigerian roots.
As cool as a cucumber, Nigerian-born New Zealand raised Israel Adesanya made his debut back in 2008. He beat Derek Brunson later that year to cap on his first year on the roster cap a 4-0 first year on the roster and he is currently the undisputed UFC middleweight champion. Israel picks his shots and counters so beautifully. Israel remains the class of the 185 pounders.
From the humblest beginnings in boutique, Cameroon to a brief stint as a homeless man in Paris, to end up in the greatest mixed martial arts show the UFC. The heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou from Ghana is potentially on the cusp of superstardom. He has been dominant every step of the way in his UFC career.
4. Kamaru Usman
Kamarudeen “Kamaru” Usman is a Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist, former freestyle wrestler, and graduated folkstyle wrestler. He’s a Marauder, a smashing strangling wrestling machine who never gets tired and has incredible power and size in this welterweight division.
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