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On signing with the PFL, heavyweight Mohammed Usman experienced one simple goal in intellect: come to be the 2020 season champ and get a verify for $1,000,000. Sadly for Usman, the novel coronavirus set those people programs on hold.
Through lockdown, Usman remained upbeat and utilized the time to function on his sport, and luckily get in at minimum just one fight this yr.
“Of program my objective was to make a million pounds,” Usman instructed MMAWeekly.com. “Right now I would be getting completely ready for the championship, but I’ve just been receiving as a result of it by remaining positive, just teaching, and remaining in regular interaction with the PFL.
“This has been a harsh yr, but which is why I was truly privileged that the PFL authorized me to go combat at Titan FC (in August). You can practice as much as you want, but you never ever know what you’re going to do until finally you get into the cage. It’s extremely, pretty crucial that you get cage time and just preserve receiving much better.”
Usman believes he was ready to use his bout compared to Terrance Hodges at Titan FC 63 to assistance gauge what he had been doing work on through the summer months and get the expertise he was searching for when he took the bout.
“I truly feel I performed fantastic at a ton of avenues that I felt like I wanted to perform at, but there are avenues that I can still get far better at,” explained Usman. “I want to get superior in my floor and pound. I want to get superior at my transitions on the ground. That comes with extra grappling and more Jiu-Jitsu.
“It really helps me to devote a large amount of time in the cage that is why I went a few rounds. A lot of folks questioned why I did not complete the man, but at the close of the working day I did what I wished to do in the cage. I desired to thrust my body, I required to press my cardio, and that is what I did. That tells me I’m undertaking the proper points in my camp. Now it is time to go to the subsequent amount with it.”
While Usman may not get a chance to stage into a PFL cage whenever quickly, he is however having exposure as part of the promotion’s Prep Issue series, hosted by Lillian Garcia.
“It indicates the globe to me,” Usman explained. “It means the (PFL) believes in me, as significantly as I believe in myself. I imagine I’m here for a cause. I’m likely to go exhibit the lovers what they have not seen still. And for all those who have viewed me, I’m heading to display them the future stage of me – a complete fighter.
“Fighting is just 1 aspect of our life. We’re even now human. When I step out of the cage I’m not ‘The Motor,’ I’m Mohammed. You have to be equipped to swap it on and off. By allowing people today form of in and permit them see who you are powering the scenes, it is refreshing. They know they are talking to any individual just like them.”
For Usman, the goal for the coming 2021 season is the very same as it was for the 2020 time: receive a championship and gain the revenue that will come with it.
“That’s the aim, 100 p.c,” mentioned Usman. “There’s practically nothing underneath that. The sky’s the limit and I’m wanting to the sky. My goal is to run out there a millionaire and continue on to establish my legacy.”