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#TBT​: UFC Champ Usman Downs Downey at ’11 Olympic Trials Qualifier

By Eric Olanowski

Kamaru USMAN 🇺🇸, the reigning UFC welterweight champion of the world, defeated ’19 86kg world team member, Patrick DOWNEY 🇺🇸, two-periods-to-one at the ’11 Olympic Trials Qualifier. “The Nigerian 🇳🇬 Nightmare” lost the second period, but won periods one and three against Downey.

Usman, who owns a UFC record of 17-1-0, will look to defend his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns on Saturday (Feb 13) at #UFC258​ in Las Vegas, USA. The wrestling world is behind you. Usman! #UseYourWrestling

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#TBT: Monday Stops Fadzaev From Winning Fifth World Title

By Eric Olanowski

In a battle of reigning Olympic champions, Kenny MONDAY 🇺🇸 defeated Arsen FADZAEV 🇷🇺 in the 74kg gold-medal match at the ’89 World Championships. At the time of their meeting in Martigny, Switzerland, Fadzaev won world titles in ’83, ’85, ’86, ’87 and a gold medal at the ’88 Seoul Olympic. After the loss to Monday in ’89, he rebounded and went on to win additional world titles in ’90 and ’91 and a second Olympic gold in ’92.