Mohammed Usman is counting his blessings.
The PFL heavyweight fighter is grateful the firm gave him the environmentally friendly mild to contend outside of their promotion and fight for Titan FC when underneath contract. Usman (7-1 MMA, – PFL) signed with the advertising in March and just a thirty day period later on, ahead of the company’s planned 2020 time launch, the slate was canceled in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Usman could have been still left on the sidelines, like other PFL fighters, until eventually the organization resumes operations, which is planned for April 2021. But rather, Usman was authorized to compete for his prior advertising.
“I’m formally with the PFL, but with the recent condition, they permitted me to go struggle for Titan FC,” Usman told MMA Junkie Radio. “I informed them I essential to battle.”
After signing with PFL, Usman competed the moment in Titan FC, in which he picked up a unanimous determination win over Terrance Hodges in August. It is probable to go down as his only battle of 2020.
“The Motor” is permitted to battle yet again if he desired to, but he feels is very best to remain set for the remaining of the 12 months.
“I’m allowed to fight all over again for Titan if I opt for to, but at this position, now I’m truly just instruction,” Usman described. “I want to be the finest version of myself in the cage. And you know, folks look at it as a whole lot of points are lousy. But from time to time it is like, of course I want to fight. That is why they authorized me to go fight for Titan. I just just can’t go and combat for a further firm at that large level – the name, you know.
“So I actually value them. They’ve performed practically nothing but being supportive and knowledge, and I have labored with them since I comprehend, also. There is a whole lot of points that persons really do not see that went into their selection not to have fights this calendar year.”
Usman mentioned he experienced various other avenues he could’ve long gone prior to inking with PFL. Looking again, the 31-12 months-previous heavyweight does not regret signing the promotion irrespective of the cancellation of the 2020 time.
“PFL offered me the greatest offer, and I know that people are like, ‘Man, you are not fighting this calendar year.’ But they nevertheless authorized me the possibility to get improved as a fighter by heading to Titan,” Usman explained. “They permitted me that possibility to go fight, and they just presented me the very best deal at the conclude of the day.
“The Contender Collection was there. Every little thing was there. Each individual alternative was there. But the PFL, at the close of the day, available me the ideal offer. And at the finish of the day, I’m not heading to do this for good. You want to make the proper moves and posture oneself in the correct put. I want to compete at the greatest amount, so why not hold having much better and competing at the optimum amount while creating a excellent residing?”